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Contra Costa County Department of Social Services

Website: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us

Martinez, CA - 94553
(925) 313-1593

Financial Help Provided: General Assistance, Cash Assistance

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Hours: 8am - 5pm, Mondays through Fridays.

Every county in California is required to provide relief and support to all residents who are not supported by their own means, by friends or relatives, by other public funds, or by other assistance programs. In Contra Costa County, General Assistance is the program that provides temporary assistance to individuals who are not eligible of federal or state-funded cash assistance.
Each county's program is established by its own Board of Supervisors. Its policies and regulations are subject to change by the Board of Supervisors depending upon the funds available to the program.
Purpose of the General Assistance Program
General Assistance is a short-term, employment focused program, for unemployed persons in preparing for and finding employment. General Assistance provides continued aid for incapacitated persons while applying for and securing a continuing source of support, such as Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment SSI/SSP.
Parents living with their children, ages 18 and under, may be eligible for CalWORKs, a cash aid program for families, and thus, not eligible to General Assistance.
Must I live in Contra Costa County to be eligible for General Assistance?
Yes. Any resident of Contra Costa County may be eligible for General Assistance. You need not have a fixed address to be eligible, but proof of residence may be required. You must have lived in the county for at least 15 days and be a legal permanent resident or US Citizen.

Who may be eligible for General Assistance?
The following residents of Contra Costa County may be eligible:
- Unemployed residents needing help finding employment
- Incapacitated residents who are applying for other forms of continuing support, or who are not eligible for other support
- Residents whose earnings are not more than the maximum allowable grant

If you are homeless you can receive General Assistance. A worker may be able to help you obtain a shelter bed.

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Tips For Prompt And Professional Assistance
1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.