Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


Food * Housing * Cash Assistance * Bills * Health * Education * Employment

California Assistance Programs and Services


  • CalFresh Program  – Monthly food stamp benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores, (+++)  Call: 877-847-3663
  • 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
  • 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
  • California Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM) Program  – Provides low-cost health insurance coverage to uninsured, middle-income pregnant womenCall: 800-433-2611
  • California Children’s Services (CCS)  – A California State program providing health care and services to children with certain diseases or health problemsCall: Local County Office
  • 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
  • California  Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)   Provides no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in California, Call: 877-543-7669
  • California Denti-Cal  – Dental Services are currently provided as one of the many benefits under the Medi-Cal program, Call: 800-322-6384
  • 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
  • California Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 800-852-5770
  • California National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call:  916-319-0800
  • California Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 916-319-0800
  • California School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call:  916-319-0800
  • California Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call: 916-319-0800
  • California Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day careCall:  916-319-0800
  • California Head Start and Early Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 916-444-7760
  • 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 needsCall: 916-576-7109
  • California Weatherization Assistance Program  – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, Call: 916-576-7109 
  • 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
  • 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
  • California Housing Choice Voucher Program   Helps eligible low-income Californians lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • California Public Housing   Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for low-income Californians, Call: Local PHA