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California Wildfire Help and Information Center

As part of the continuing disaster recovery effort, beginning August 22, 2018, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires in Shasta County may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. Find out more about Disaster CalFresh.

For information and resources regarding public assistance and services available to individuals and families impacted by California wildfires visit our disaster help webpage.

For information on evacuated assisted living and other state licensed community care facilities visit our licensing webpage.

For information regarding fire locations visit the Cal Fire current Incidents webpage.

Information for Shasta County Residents

Information for Lake County Residents   


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.  


New IHSS Provider Paid Sick Leave Program Information
The California Department of Social Services is starting a new program that will allow current, active IHSS providers in all California counties the ability to receive annual paid sick leave beginning State Fiscal Year July 1, 2018. Find out more about Paid Sick Leave Program


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.  


Electronic Timesheets for IHSS Providers
In-Home Supportive Services Providers have the option to use Electronic Timesheets. . Find out how to enroll in the Electronic Timesheet System.

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