Public assistance in Solano County.

Some of the programs offered in Solano County California include cash assistance, CalFresh, food stamps, health care, and free or low cost insurance. Each of these has a strict income and application process, and you can get more details on these and other service below. In addition, the county can refer people to any number of other federal or state of California programs, such as LIHEAP, weatherization, and more.

Solano County low income families can apply for Food Stamps or CalFresh. This can provide qualified people with free food, government surplus commodities, groceries, and other aid. People will be able to buy the food at their local grocery store and even farmer markets. Many Solano County recipients of CalFresh are elderly, employed, or who are currently disabled. It can really be offered for anyone who needs assistance purchasing nutritional food or groceries. People who sign up, and are qualified for this public assistance program may use the Benefit Action Center via the phone instead of stopping by an office and waiting in line. Services and advice is confidential.

Cash assistance and aid is offered by programs including the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Homeless Assistance, Cal Learn, and Welfare to Work. This umbrella and array of services is generally called the Solano County General Assistance (GA) Program. Among other forms of support, it can provide short-term emergency cash assistance and grants to families, adults without children, and others who are facing a hardship. The general assistance programs help qualified recipients find employment, or if disabled, obtain support from another government source or program. Call (707) 553-5234 to apply or for details.

Part of CalWORKs, or California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, will offer public aid such as Cal Learn, Welfare to Work, and Homeless Assistance. CalWORKs can provide job skills training, English as a Second Language, linkages and referrals to community services and non-profits, high school equivalency education, and other employment services.

Cash assistance for bills and basic needs may also be provided as needed from CalWORKs. This division of what is offered in Solano County also provides federal government Supplemental Security Income advocacy for unemployable clients. This would often be the disabled or people with an extreme hardship. The program serves families who have domestic abuse barriers, mental health, and who are faced with substance abuse issues.





Homeless assistance may be able to assist those who are on the verge of eviction or currently homeless. Learn about local shelters, emergency rental programs, and other resources as well that can both try to prevent evictions, and find public or low cost housing for people who need it.

To expand on the resource mentioned above, the Solano County General Assistance Program provides social services, grants, and short-term cash assistance to adults without children who are at least eighteen (18) years of age. Work with a social worker/case manager from the county to find employment, gain a job, or if disabled, obtain support and public assistance from another resource.

The unemployed can turn to Create Jobs Program, which is an Overview for Job Seekers. Work with a case manager to try to gain new skills and find a job. Solano County case managers will be available to work with employees, and even local businesses and employers, to help resolve any issues that may arise and to help place the unemployed into a new role. Also, cash grants are available for subsidized jobs for Solano County CalWORKs recipients to help them make it through a difficult period.

Explore options for free or low cost health insurance from Solano County Medical Services Program (CMSP) as well as Medi-Cal. The county and state of California provides this service for qualified residents.

CMSP is a program that will provide health and dental insurance, and this aid is provided for adults between 21 and 64 years of age and who live in the region. On the other hand, Medi-Cal provides health and dental insurance for families with children or in a long-term facility; adults who are aged; children and teenagers who are under 21 years of age; or for low income or working poor families with children who receive CalWORKs and /or are deprived of care. This will usually mean that at least one of their parents is absent, underemployed, deceased, incapacitated, or unemployed.

Call Solano County Health and Social Services Department at (707) 784-8155.




By Jon McNamara

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