Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


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California Assistance Programs and Services


  • 1. CalFresh Program – CalFresh is for people with low income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. Monthly food stamp benefits can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. (+++)  Call: 877-847-3663
  • 2. California General Assistance or General Relief (GA/GR) Program   Designed to provide relief and support to indigent adults who are not supported by their own means, other public funds, or assistance programs. Call: Local County Welfare Department
  • 3. California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)   A state-funded food assistance program for legal permanent non-citizens residing in the U.S., and determined ineligible for federal food stamp benefits solely due to their immigration status. Call: 877-847-3663
  • 5. California Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM) Program  – Provides low-cost health insurance coverage to uninsured, middle-income pregnant women. Call: 800-433-2611
  • 6. California Children’s Services (CCS)  – A California State program providing health care and services to children with certain diseases or health problems. Call: Local County Office
  • 7. California Medi-Cal  – A public health insurance program that provides free or low-cost medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Call: Local County Social Services
  • 8. California  Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)   Provides no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in California. Call: 877-543-7669
  • 9. California Denti-Cal  – Dental Services are currently provided as one of the many benefits under the Medi-Cal program. Call: 800-322-6384
  • 10. California Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP)  – A preventive program that delivers periodic health assessments and services to low-income children and youth in California. Call: Local County Office
  • 11. California Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and health care referrals. Call: 800-852-5770
  • 12. California National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children. Call:  916-319-0800
  • 13. California Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps. Call: 916-319-0800
  • 14. California School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children. Call:  916-319-0800
  • 15. California Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months. Call: 916-319-0800
  • 16. California Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving daycare. Call:  833-559-2418
  • 17. California Head Start and Early Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their families. Call: 916-444-7760
  • 18. California Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  – Provides assistance to eligible California low-income households to manage and meet their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs. Call: 916-576-7109
  • 19. California Weatherization Assistance Program  – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Call: 916-576-7109 
  • 20. California Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)   Provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh California-grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs at farmers’ markets. Call: 916-657-3231
  • 21. California Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)   The program provides job-related counseling, job training, and job referral services for low-income California seniors. Call: 800-510-2020
  • 22. California Housing Choice Voucher Program   Helps eligible low-income Californians lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. Call: Local PHA
  • 23. California Public Housing   Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for low-income Californians. Call: Local PHA
Updated: April 14, 2024 by HAFH