Income Support - Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency and income support programs help individuals achieve economic independence and stability through an integrated group of services that may offer assistance with veteran’s benefits and help with applications to public assistance programs including CalFresh, Medi-cal, State Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance. For a list of income support and self-sufficiency programs, see the links below.

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CalFresh Applications- County or state offices that accept Food Stamp applications, determine eligibility for the Food Stamp program and allotments, and issue Food Stamp EBT cards which are presented at the grocery checkout counter when purchasing food. Certified households receive their EBT card and instructions for setting up a PIN number within 30 days of the date their application was filed. Expedited food stamps are available within seven days for people who are in an emergency situation and whose income and spendable resources for that month are within specified limits. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file Food Stamp/SNAP applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.

Medicaid Applications - County or state offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the Medicaid program; and reinstate individuals who have lost their Medicaid benefits due to incarceration, institutionalization, noncompliance or other reasons. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file Medicaid applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.

Social Security Disability Insurance Applications - Social Security offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program; and reinstate individuals who have lost their SSDI benefits due to incarceration, institutionalization, noncompliance or other reasons. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file Social Security Disability Insurance applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.

State Disability Insurance Applications - State offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the state disability program. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file State Disability Insurance applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applications - Social Security offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; and reinstate individuals who have lost their SSI benefits due to incarceration, institutionalization, noncompliance or other reasons. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file SSI applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.

Unemployment Insurance - Programs that provide partial income replacement for a limited period of time for eligible individuals who become unemployed.

Veterans Survivor Insurance - A program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides special payments for the eligible survivors of deceased veterans whose wartime or peacetime service meets specific criteria for service-connected death compensation or non-service-connected death pensions. Eligible survivors (dependent children, surviving spouses and parents) who are seriously disabled may also qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits which are paid in addition to the basic benefit.

Veteran Benefits Assistance - Programs that provide assistance for veterans who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law based on service to their country. The programs may help veterans understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are veteran rights organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.