Alameda County Social Services Agency
Financial Help Provided: cash assistance, senior and disabled assistance
Part of our Mission is to provides continuing economic support for individuals and families through culturally sensitive, courteous, accurate and timely services.
Assistance for Single Adults
General Assistance (GA) aids indigent adults who are legal residents of Alameda County and who have no other means of support. It is a state-mandated program that is locally administered and funded by the County of Alameda.
General Assistance (GA) provides cash aid to indigent adults and emancipated minors who are legal residents of Alameda County and who have no other means of support. It is a state-mandated program that is locally administered and funded by the County of Alameda.
GA recipients who are 18 to 21 years old, pregnant, disabled or 65 and older may also be eligible for Medi-Cal benefits. If you are not eligible for Medi-Cal, you can receive medical treatment at the county clinics and hospitals. Many GA recipients are also eligible for Food Stamp benefits of up to $200 per month for a single person.
All GA benefits are considered a loan to the individual receiving aid. GA recipients must sign a reimbursement agreement as a condition of eligibility. Employable recipients may participate in employment service activities.
Recipients who are unemployable and/or 65 years and older who appear eligible for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) are required to apply for these benefits through the Social Security Administration.
Legal Non-Citizens 65 years and older who meet certain residency requirements must apply for benefits through the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
Applicants and recipients may have up to $1,000 in personal property. The cash surrender value on a life insurance policy is counted as part of the personal property limit for an individual.
New General Assistance (GA) Program Rules
Individuals determined to be employable will only be eligible for cash aid for 3 full months in any 12-month period. This rule will apply whether aid was paid for 3 continuous months, or if there was a break in aid between months in any 12-month period.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE NEW PROGRAM RULES:
The exceptions to the time limit rule are as follows:
Individuals who are permanently disabled and unable to work for 12 months or more. Note: Individuals who are temporarily disabled are exempt during the temporary period only;
Former Foster Care Youth and Independent Living Skills program participants 18 through 24 years of age;
Individuals 64 years of age and older;
Individuals living in Community Housing And Shelter Services (CHASS), Alternative General Assistance Program (AGAP) facilities or other approved living arrangements;
Individuals participating in certain Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs approved by the Agency.
How to Apply
To apply for general assistance, please visit the Workforce and Benefits Administration public contact office nearest you.
Assistance for Families with Children
CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) replaced the program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN) in January 1998.
Senior Financial Assistance and Disabled Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available for elders and disabled adults through the following programs:
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income is a federally funded program providing benefits for people with specific impairments. These may include physical or psychological impairments.
Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants
The State of California created a benefits program in 1998 for lawful residing, non-citizen senior (65 and older), blind and disabled immigrants
Assistance for Refugees
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program is for newly-arrived refugees who are single and families without children. these people are entitled to receive Cash Assistance, Medi-Cal and CalFresh during the first 8 months in the United States. RCA costs are paid out of the Federal Refugee Assistance Funds. RCA clients are required to participate in training and employment services while receiving aids.
The Alameda County Social Services Agency provides cash aid or housing voucher assistance to families and single adults who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in the county. The Agency provides assistance for eligible families through the CalWorks Program. This program can provide families with emergency and permanent housing assistance including motel vouchers and move-in assistance.
Eligible single adults in need of assistance are either provided with:
Cash aid, if they are already in housing
If they are are not in housing, emergency shelter and a small cash allowance for personal necessities. The Social Services Agency also contracts with local county homeless shelter providers to provide emergency shelter for homeless singles and families throughout the county.
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