Amador County Department of Social Services
Financial Help Provided: Cash Assistance
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.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
The Amador County Department of Social Service is closed every Friday. Applications for cash assistance, CalFresh (food assistance), Medi-Cal, or CMSP on Friday will be available outside the main entrance of the Health & Human Services Building, located at 10877 Conductor Boulevard in Sutter Creek. If you are applying for emergency benefits, be prepared to return to the Social Services office the following Monday before 10 a.m. to complete the next step in the application process.
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