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Helping Hands


Additional Resources

Basic Necessities Assistance

  • e-Benefits California
    Connects people with services in their counties, such as Medi-Cal, CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), and California Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), including cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, who have little or no assets or income.


Food Assistance

  • CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps)
    The CalFresh Program helps people with low income buy nutritious food at most grocery stores and some farmer’s markets. For more information, call the CalFresh Benefits Helpline 1-877-847-3663.

  • California Association of Food Banks
    In California, federal, state, and local community organizations coordinate to make sure that groceries are available at local food banks.

  • Free Summer Lunch Programs
    Free lunches are available to all children under 18, regardless of income.

  • School Meals
    Free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at public schools when in session.

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
    Pregnant women and children under age 5 receive nutrition support at WIC.


Medical Care and Healthcare Coverage

  • Covered California™
    A marketplace for people to find out if they are eligible for financial help and buy health insurance, including Medi-Cal. They help you choose a plan that works best for your health care needs and your budget. You may even be able to get help paying for your health care or qualify for Medi-Cal.

  • Covered California for Small Business
    A marketplace where businesses with up to 100 employees can apply for coverage for their workers. Small businesses can offer employees a choice from affordable, top quality, brand-named health insurance within a budget set by the company. Some small businesses could be eligible for federal tax credits.

  • County Medical Services Program
    Counties offer health care for low-income people not eligible for other help.

  • Community Health Clinics
    California Primary Care Association can help you find a community clinic.

    Eligible individuals can continue group health insurance benefits during periods of unemployment.


Employment and Training Services

  • America’s Job Center of California SM (AJCC)
    The AJCC offers a variety of services that bring employers with job openings and qualified job seekers together at no cost. You can contact your local AJCC for help with mailing or faxing a paper Unemployment Insurance application.

  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
    Learn more about apprenticeship opportunities through the “I Built It!” website at the Department of Industrial Relations.


Credit Card Debt Relief


Low-Cost Car Insurance

  • California Department of Insurance
    California’s Low-Cost Auto (CLCA) Insurance Program is a state-sponsored program that makes insurance affordable for California residents who meet the eligibility requirements.


Housing and Utilities Assistance


Human Services Assistance

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