About Us

DPSS serves a county of 9.818,506 (US Census 2010) million residents, larger in population than 42 states; an area of 4,083 square miles, encompassing 88 cities; and the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse community.

DPSS has a caseload larger than any other jurisdiction except the States of California and New York and an annual budget of over $3 billion.

DPSS has a budgeted workforce of more than 13,546 (April 2011) and serves the public at 50 local offices located throughout the County.

Mission Statement
Mission Statement
The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) serves an ethnically and culturally diverse community through programs designed to both alleviate hardship and promote health, personal responsibility, and economic independence. The Department provides the following benefits and services to low-income residents of Los Angeles County:
  • Temporary financial assistance and employment services for families and individuals.

  • Free and low-cost health care insurance for families with children, pregnant women and aged/blind/disabled adults;

  • Food benefits for families and individuals;

  • In-home services for elderly and disabled individuals; and

  • Financial assistance and advocacy for federal disability benefits for disabled individuals.
These services are provided locally throughout the many communities that comprise Los Angeles County.
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