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Cash Assistance

For cash assistance and benefits for low-income individuals review our programs below.

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
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The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (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. CalWORKs is a time limited program that helps to pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing and other necessary expenses.

Participation in the GAIN program is mandatory for all CalWORKs participants unless exempt. GAIN provides employment-related services to CalWORKs participants.

Countywide Benefits Entitlement Services Team (CBEST)
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The Countywide Benefits Entitlement Services Team (CBEST)  formerly The Supplemental Security Income Medi-Cal Advocacy Program (SSIMAP) which provides physically and mentally disabled General Relief (GR) participants with assistance through the SSI application process.

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
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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. CAPI participants may be eligible for Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services and/or Food Stamp benefits.

General Relief (GR)
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General Relief (GR) is a County-funded program that provides cash aid to indigent adults, and children in certain special circumstances who are ineligible for federal or State programs. Able-bodied adults can receive aid for no more than nine months in any 12-month period. Participation in the GR employment and training program, General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW), is mandatory for able-bodied adults.

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
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The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program provides cash assistance, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh to refugees for eight months starting with the month in which the person was admitted into the U.S. as a refugee Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) provides cash assistance to certain aged, blind, and disabled legal non-citizens ineligible to Supplemental Security Income/ Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) or the date asylum was granted, or from the date of application for aid (for trafficking and crime victims). Refugees who are receiving CaIWORKs or SSI/SSP cannot receive RCA.