Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services
Financial Help Provided: General Relief Assistance, Cash Assistance
The Community Benefits Branch provides temporary public assistance benefits and services to assist eligible residents of Monterey County meet their basic needs. Programs include temporary cash assistance, General assistance, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and CalWORKS. Eligibility for these public benefits is based upon income and resource levels.
General Assistance (GA)
GA is a county funded temporary cash assistance program for unemployed single adults and couples who may not have dependent children and are not receiving other public assistance benefits including, Supplemental Security income (SSI) or unemployment benefits. Recipients not disabled must seek employment, and are required to repay county funds.
CalFresh (Formerly named Food Stamps)
The CalFresh Program is designed to supplement the food budget of low-income households to meet their nutritional needs. individuals granted CalFresh benefits can buy food at a grocery store or other authorized places using an electron Benefit transfer (EBT) card. The amount of CalFresh benefits a family receives is based on household size, family income and resources.
CalWORKs – Cash Assistance Program
The CalWORKS program is designed to assist families toward a path of work and self-sufficiency. The purpose of the cash assistance program is to provide temporary financial assistance to economically disadvantaged families with dependent children. Benefits are based on household size, family income and resources.
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