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Food Benefits Available for Butte County Wildfire Victims Beginning December 12th 
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that, as part of the continuing disaster recovery effort, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires in Butte County may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. Please go to our Disaster Assistance Center for more information.


California Disaster Help and Information Center
As part of California's continuing disaster recovery effort, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires in Los Angeles County may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. Please go to our Disaster Assistance Center for more information.  


 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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