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On June 23 and June 24 The EBT System Will Be Down. Please Plan Ahead!
You WILL NOT be able to use your EBT card from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018. During this period, you will not be able to use any EBT benefits (food or cash).  Plan ahead for your shopping needs and for getting cash. The EBT Customer Services telephone number WILL NOT be available from 11:00 p.m. Saturday June 23, 2018 until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018.  During this period you will not be able to speak to EBT Customer Service.  You WILL NOT be able to use the EBT client website at www.ebt.ca.gov from 10:00 p.m. Friday June 22, 2018 until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018.  During this period, you will not be able to log in to the EBT web site. 

After 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, you will be able to use your EBT card, contact Customer Service  and access EBT client website at www.ebt.ca.gov – in English and Spanish. Read the EBT client transfer announcement, available in 18 languages.

The EBT Transition flyer has information in 18 languages.

El 23 y el 24 de junio, el sistema de EBT estará fuera de servicio ¡Por favor planifique con tiempo!
NO PODRÁ usar su tarjeta de EBT desde las 11 de la noche del sábado 23 de junio de 2018 hasta las 11 de la noche del domingo 24 de junio de 2018. No podrá usar ningún beneficio de EBT durante ese período (ni alimentos ni dinero en efectivo).  Planifique con tiempo para realizar las compras que necesite y para obtener efectivo. El número de teléfono del servicio al cliente de EBT NO ESTARÁ disponible desde las 11 de la noche del sábado 23 de junio de 2018 hasta las 11 de la noche del domingo 24 de junio de 2018.  No podrá hablar con el servicio alcliente de EBT durante ese período.  NO PODRÁ usar el sitio web para usuarios de EBT situado en www.ebt.ca.gov desde las 10 de la noche del viernes 22 de junio de 2018 hasta las 11 de la noche del domingo 24 de junio de 2018.  No podrá ingresar al sitio web de EBT durante ese período.

Después de las 11 de la noche del domingo 24 de junio de 2018, podrá usar su tarjeta de EBT, comunicarse con el servicio al cliente y obtener acceso al sitio web para usuarios de EBT situado en www.ebt.ca.gov (en inglés y español). Aquí encontrará más información.


Drowning is Preventable
In California, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five. Each year, near-drowning incidents result in life-long disabilities. Find out more about how to raise awareness on this issue, and remind parents and caregivers that drowning is preventable.  


Don’t be the victim of a scam to steal your EBT benefits!
If you receive a text or phone call asking for your personal information, DO NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION. No legitimate state or county representative would ever ask for your PIN. If you think your benefits may have been stolen, you should immediately call the customer service telephone number on the back of your EBT card, at (877) 328-9677 or contact your county. Learn more about protecting your EBT Card.


Important Information Regarding Immigration Services for DACA and TPS
On January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced it would resume accepting and processing DACA renewals immediately in response to a federal court order. The California Department of Social Services is currently contracting with non-profit legal services organizations throughout the state to provide legal assistance, including application fee assistance, to individuals eligible for DACA renewals.

Additionally, If you have temporary immigration status through the federal Temporary Protected Status program, we encourage you to explore other immigration status options. It is important to explore your options now, far in advance of the program ending, because accessing other options may take some time. The California Department of Social Services has funded organizations that can assist you. These organizations have met high professional standards, and are located in the communities they serve.

 A list of Immigration Services Contractors is available here.  

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