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Kings County Human Services Agency

Website: http://www.countyofkings.com/departments/human-services-agency

Hanford, CA - 93230
(559) 582-3241

Financial Help Provided: food stamps, General Assistance, Cash Assistance.

Full Description:

Services include food stamps, General Assistance, Cash Assistance. You must make an appointment to apply.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed on Holidays

The General Assistance (GA) program is designed to provide assistance to indigent adults who are not supported by their own mean, other public funds, or assistance programs. The GA program is mandated by state law. GA is county funded and is established by the Board of Supervisors.
The county pays rent and utilities for GA Clients directly to the landlord or the utility company. The client may receive vouchers to purchase incidentals from local stores.
Persons who are unable to work are required to provide a doctor’s statement of disability attesting to their physical or mental condition. Persons providing such a statement are referred to the Social Security Administration to apply for disability benefits. The individual signs an agreement that the county will recoup the amount of General Assistance paid on their behalf from their retroactive SSI/SSP benefit payments.
General assistance may be available for cremation and/or burial of cremated remains of indigents that are residents of Kings County based on General Assistance eligibility requirements.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply in person

Who's Eligible?
    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age unless they are:
        Court approved emancipated minor
        Legally married, childless minor couple
        Childless, one time legally married but separated or divorced minor
    Applicants must live in Kings County and intend to remain here.
    Applicants must have lived in Kings County for at least 15 days.
    Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent or indefinite residence.
    Applicants must be unemployed, incapacitated, or pending receipt of SSI.
Work Requirements
All employable General Assistance applicants and recipients must be available for and actively seeking employment within their capabilities.
Information Needed
    Proof of income amounts
    Proof of property values
    Citizenship status
    Social Security number

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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.