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CalWorks Icon CalWORKs
CalWORKs provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size.
CAPI Icon Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants
CAPI provides cash to certain aged, blind, and disabled legal non-citizens ineligible to supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment due to their immigration status. Participants may be eligible for Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services and/or Food Stamp benefits.
EBT Icon Electronic Benefit Transfer
The Golden State Advantage Card was implemented in 2004 as a new way of accessing your Cash and/or CalFresh.
General Releif Icon General Relief
GR provides temporary cash aid to indigent adults and certain sponsored legal immigrant families who are ineligible for federal or State programs.
SSIMAP Icon Supplemental Security Income Medi-Cal Advocacy Program
The Supplemental Security Income Medi-Cal Advocacy Program (SSIMAP) provides physically and mentally disabled General Relief (GR) participants with assistance through the SSI application process.


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CalFresh Icon CalFresh
CalFresh was established to improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. It does that by increasing their food-buying power, so they are able to purchase the amount of food their household needs. CalFresh benefits are used instead of money at the grocery store.
EBT Icon Electronic Benefits Transfer
The Golden State Advantage Card was implemented in 2004 as a new way of accessing your Cash and/or CalFresh.
Restaurant Meals Program Icon Restaurant Meals Program
Allows homeless, disabled, and elderly (age 60 and over) receiving CalFresh benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants.


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Health C are Icon Health Care Programs and Services
-Children and Youth,
-Pregnant Women,
-Seniors and Persons with Disabilities,
-Special Health Problems,
IHSS Icon In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
IHSS helps pay for services provided to eligible persons who are 65 years of age or over, or legally blind, or disabled adults and children, so they can remain safely in their own homes. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.
Medical Estate Recovery Icon Medi-Cal Estate Recovery
Medi-Cal program pays for medical care for some people whose savings and income are too low for them to be able to pay for their own care. Those people, in turn, may be required to pay the medical care costs back to Medi-Cal from what they owned when they died. The amount repaid can then be used to pay for care for others who need it.


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GAIN Icon Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
GAIN helps CalWORKs participants prepare for and find employment. Services include job finding workshops, supervised job search, vocational assessment, remedial education, vocational skills training, and work experience. Post-employment services are also available to help employed participants retain their jobs, work toward a better one, and ultimately move to financial independence.
GROW Icon General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW)
GROW provides employment and training services to help employable General Relief (GR) participants obtain jobs and achieve self-sufficiency. Participants are assigned to a GROW Case Manager who will work with them to achieve their employment goals.
REP Icon Refugee Employment Program (REP)
The Refugee Employment Program (REP) is a program designed to provide employment and training services for eligible refugees and asylees residing in the United States (U.S.) up to five (5) years from date of entry in the U.S. or from the date asylum is granted.
The REP Program provides outreach, case management and placement services to refugees.


Child Care Icon Child Care
This site will guide you on what things you should look for, and on the questions you should ask when searching for a child care provider for your child.
Emergency Management Icon Emergency Management
DPSS is designated as the Los Angeles County Operational Area Branch Coordinator for Care and Shelter. DPSS is the Operational Area liaison with private, not-for-profit human services agencies, including community based organizations. DPSS is also the Operational Area liaison with the grocery industry.
PSS Commission Icon Commission for Public Social Services (PSS)
The PSS Commission is a 15-member body of public-spirited, private citizens who are knowledgeable and interested in the area of public welfare.
They meet monthly to discuss, examine and evaluate public welfare issues and the programs and operations of the Department. All meetings are open to the public.
EITC Icon Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program
EITC Program is a county wide collaboration between various government agencies, non-profit organizations, community and faith based organizations, and private industry raising awareness about EITC. Sign up to volunteer, and learn more about the EITC.
Homeless Icon Homeless Services
The Program offers a number of benefits and services designed to assist homeless families and families at risk of homelessness to move out of the current situation and into affordable permanent housing.
Outreach Icon Outreach
DPSS is committed to reducing hunger and improving poor health by reaching out to thousands of low income L.A. County residents who may be eligible to receive CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal benefits.
Toy Loan Icon Toy Loan
This program is a free service which allows children to borrow toys from a Toy Loan Center in the same manner in which they borrow books from the public library.
Veterans Icon Veterans & U.S. Military Resources
This site provides information on benefits, services, and resources at a local community level throughout Los Angeles County to assist those who have been in the military services, veterans and their families connect with needed services.
VITA Icon Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
DPSS provides free tax preparation during the tax season for CalWORKs, Medi-Cal and Food Stamp participants with reported earnings through VITA program assisting low-income families and individuals with free and reliable income tax assistance including tax preparation, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and financial literacy materials.
WACommitte Icon Welfare Advisory Committee (WAC)
The Welfare Advisory Committee (WAC) was established in 1976 to provide a mechanism for the Departmental Director to meet and consult with leaders of Welfare Rights Organizations (WRO) and heads of other community human services organizations interested in improving the quality of welfare services within the County of Los Angeles.