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California Disaster Help and Information Center
This webpage provides information and resources regarding public assistance and services available to individuals and families impacted by California wildfires.


Home Safe Program is Now Accepting Applications

The California Department of Social Services is accepting applications for the Home Safe program from County Welfare Directors and California Federally Recognized Tribal Governments.  Home Safe will serve Adult clients that are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of homelessness due to elder or dependent adult abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation.  For more information read the All County Welfare Director’s Letter.


 Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Determination 

The Federal Government is proposing new rules that could change how immigration officials determine whether applicants for lawful permanent residence, and those seeking to extend or change their immigration status, are or will become a public charge. Current federal rules regarding public charge remain in effect. Individuals in California seeking assistance may consult one of many state-funded organizations that provide legal services to immigrants by visiting our webpage at www.cdss.ca.gov/ImmigrationContractors.


Housing and Homelessness Programs

The California Department of Social Services has several programs to help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To find out more information about the services you may qualify for go to our Housing and Homelessness Programs webpage.


Mandated Reporting: Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse and Neglect in California eLearning

In California many professions are legally designated as mandated reporters of elder and dependent adult abuse. This online course will address reporting responsibilities; help participants to understand how, when and where to report suspected abuse or neglect; and inform participants of what to expect after a report is made.


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.

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Programs, Policy and Practice: California Wraparound Serves Families and Strengthens Communities. For more information visit Wraparound Families.

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The California Department of Social Services supports programs which serve more than eight million people across our state. This work, accomplished everyday, provides stability, opportunity and promotes wellness in communities throughout California. Come join our team to experience what it is like to enjoy 'Work With a Purpose'.

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