Sacramento public aid and assistance.

A wide range of government programs and public benefits can be applied for at the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance. This serves as the primary location for the less fortunate, working poor, seniors, disabled, and others to get help from. Some of what may be available includes Cal Fresh food stamps, medical care, and housing solutions. Several other programs are run as well.

Veterans can get help from the County Department of Human Assistance as well as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The center will also assist qualified residents in applying for their earned veterans' benefits and other public assistance from the federal government, State of California and local government entities as well, if applicable.

The county also offers the College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans and their Dependents. It is available to unmarried surviving spouses, spouses, and children of service-connected deceased or disabled veterans. It is available across California, and qualified dependents of the military member are not required to pay fees or tuition while attending a campus of the California State University, a Sacramento California community college, or other approved campus.

Other public benefits for veterans and their families in Sacramento County include, but are not limited to, the following. Vocational Rehabilitation, Job Training, Death Pension Benefits, Service-Connected Disability Compensation, Burial Assistance, VA Life Insurance, Medical Care, and Housing. There are many other resources available too and that is just a sampling. The main office is 2007 19th Street Sacramento CA 95818, call 916-874-6811.

Cash assistance can be disbursed from Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance as part of CalWORKs. This is the state’s version of TANF, or as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. It is a time limited public aid program for very low income and poor families with children.

CAPI is formally known as Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants. This is a public assistance program for a limited number of qualified disabled, aged, and/or blind immigrants. The Human Assistance office is the lead county in the North State/Orange CAPI Consortium and they process applications for over 20 regional counties.




Childcare Subsidies and Services is also part of the Three Stage Child Care System and CalWORKs. What can be offered to parents that are working, in job training or seeking employment is extensive. Government funds can be used to pay a portion of your day or child care costs. In addition, staff can help parents find a high quality, yet affordable provider in the Sacramento region and ideally close to where they live. There is generally a waiting list for this financial aid.

Cash and grants may be offered by GA - General Assistance. This is a short term loan, repayable program that was created in an effort to offer short-term financial assistance to indigent adults. Applicants from Sacramento County need to be unemployed, at least eighteen (18) years of age, verified unemployable, very low income and who have no other means of support.

Medical care is offered as part of LIHP (Health Programs). It is a countywide resource that is managed by the Department of Human Assistance and is for families that don’t qualify for public health care from Medi-Cal. It is run in partnership with Molina Healthcare in northern California. Of course residents can also ways look into the Medi-Cal Services program too, as that is always available in the state. For these or other medical programs, dial (209)744-0499 or (916)874-3100. Or stop by an office below to apply in person.

  • 5747 Watt Ave., North Highlands, California 95660
  • 4433 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95823
  • 10013 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95827
  • 210 North Lincoln Way, Galt, California 95632
  • 2700 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
  • 3960 Research Dr., Sacramento, CA 95838
  • 1725 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816
  • 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, California 95822





The Sacramento County Medically Indigent Services Program, or CMISP, coordinates medically necessary health care to all eligible indigents. For example, assistance is for recipients of GA - General Assistance and other very low income families. In some cases they will be automatically eligible for CMISP Clinic Services. Others need to apply for this public health care assistance program.

Healthy Families and Medi-Cal programs provide low-cost or free health insurance for adults. Recipients need to be pregnant, aged 65 years or older, blind, disabled, or in some type of a long-term facility. The program can also help children in Sacramento who are under 21 years of age; those on CalWORKs; the unemployed, or children in which their parent has deceased.

Cal-Learn will help parenting or pregnant teens who are on welfare. The statewide resource and the case managers that are part of it will assist them with graduating from high school and become self-sufficient over the long term.

Transitional Housing is for former foster youth and is part of Laverne Adolfo Housing. It is for those that range in age from 18 to 25. Guests will also work with case managers in an effort to find stable, permanent housing in the region.




By Jon McNamara

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