Contra Costa County is required by the state to provide assistance and support to qualified low income and poor residents. A wide range of services are offered to individuals who can’t support themselves and that meet program conditions. All of these resources are paid for by public funds, whether that is state of California or the federal government.
Financial aid may be provided by the state and county to children who lack financial support and care from their families. This program is known as CalWORKs, or the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids program. Not only can they qualify for public assistance, but case managers will also encourage families to become self-sufficient.
The Diversion Program is related to CalWORKs. This component was put into effect in order to help families avoid long term public aid and dependency.
Food Stamps/CalFresh can provide vouchers to low income families. Households can use the vouchers and debit cards to buy healthy and nutritious food for themselves or their families. Many local Contra Costa County supermarkets, retailers and grocery stores participate in CalFresh
Funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service as well as the Department of Social Services. However applications are processed by the Contra County Welfare Department. One of the keys is that people can enroll in food stamps and other government programs at the same time, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
General Assistance is offered by Contra County as a last resort. The cash assistance program provides financial help to individuals who are not eligible for other federal government or state-funded cash assistance.
The unemployed may access financial support. Public assistance may be offered for unemployed persons who are seeking and finding employment. It can also help incapacitated or disabled persons while they are applying for and securing a continuing source of support, such as State Supplemental Payment SSI/SSP or Supplemental Security Income.
Energy bill assistance is offered by the counties Community Services Bureau. There are a few different components to it. They include the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization program as well as public assistance for paying utility bills from LIHEAP.
A crisis program will offer immediate financial assistance and cash grants to qualified households with 48 hour shut-off notices. Any public aid will also be provided with energy education and budget counseling services. Contra County households applying for LIHEAP may also receive free energy reduction and conservations services for their homes. Other components of this includes bill payment assistance, Weatherization and energy-related home repairs, Energy and budget education, and also crisis assistance. Applications are processed at the address of 1470 Civic Court, Concord, California 94520. The phone number for more information is (925) 681-6380
Childcare assistance and related services are available. The county will combine various federal government, state and local childcare public funding sources into this one program. When resources allow, not only will day care be provided for free, but parents may also qualify for full-day, part-day, full-year and part-year programs.
The staff who work at these centers have experience and a strong background. They will also need to be in possession of California Teacher or Associate Teacher Permit. Classes and staff are monitored as well. In addition to the free child care, Contra County residents and their children may also receive Nutrition, Disabilities Services, Parent Involvement, Health Services, School Readiness, and also Mental Health Services if needed.
Aging & Adult Services are available both for residents over the age of 60 and/or those with a disability. Contra County California will work with them to maximize self-sufficiency, safety and independence. Among assistance provided includes Medi-Cal and Food Stamps applications and benefits. Clients can also get information on resources that offer a choice of community services.
Specific services provided include Aging & Adult Services Programs, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), In-Home Supportive Services, Area Agency on Aging (AAA), and public assistance benefits such as CalFresh.
The county also operates One-Stop Centers in partnership with the federal government. It helps by offering employment and vocational training to the unemployed and job seekers. The centers are operated as part of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The centers are run in partnership with Community College Districts, State Employment Development Department (EDD), Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD), and even the California Human Development Corporation (CHDC).
Employment services provided by the One-Stop Centers include access to Job search information, Resume writing software, job search assistance tools, Career exploration and Labor Market Information, and also Resume writing, interview workshops, typing certificates.
To learn more on these government and public benefits in Contra Costa, stop by or call an office below.
West County - 1305 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, California 94801, call (510) 412-3000 or a second office is at Hercules, 151 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules, CA 94547, telephone (510) 262-7700
Central County - 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, (925) 602-9379
East County - 4545 Delta Fair Boulevard, Antioch, California 94509, call (925) 706-4980 or use the location at 151 Sand Creek Road, Suite A, Bldg. 6, Brentwood, CA 94513, (925) 513-3720.
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