The Employment Development Department (EDD) promotes California’s economic growth by providing services to keep employers, employees, and job seekers competitive. In addition to the services provided by EDD, below is a list of additional resources that may assist you. In many parts of California, you can call 2-1-1 to learn about resources in your community or contact the agencies and organizations listed below directly to inquire about their programs. Some programs may have eligibility criteria.
Basic Necessities Assistance
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
Cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, who have little or no assets or income.
- e-Benefits California
This site connects people with services in their county, such as Medi-Cal, CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), and California Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), including cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, who have little or no assets or income.
- General Assistance or General Relief
Loans or grants are available for adults without children who have little or no assets or income.
- CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps)
The CalFresh Program helps low-income people buy nutritious food at most grocery stores and some farmer’s markets. 1-877-847-3663
- Emergency Food Assistance Program and Local Food Banks
In California, federal, state and local community organizations coordinate to ensure that groceries are available at local food banks.
- Free Summer Lunch Programs
Free lunches are available to all children under 18, regardless of income, every summer.
- School Meals
Free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at public schools when in session.
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Pregnant women and children under age 5 receive nutrition support at WIC. 1-888-942-9675
Medical Care and Healthcare Coverage
- Covered California™
Covered California™ is a marketplace for people to find out if they are eligible for financial help and buy health insurance, including Medi-Cal. They help you choose a plan that works best for your health care needs and your budget. You may even be able to get help paying for your health care or qualify for Medi-Cal.
- Covered California for Small Business
Covered California for Small Business is a marketplace where businesses with up to 100 employees can apply for coverage for their workers. Small businesses can offer employees a choice from affordable, top quality, brand-named health insurance within a budget set by the company. Some small businesses could be eligible for federal tax credits.
Pays for health care for certain low and medium-income people.
- County Medical Services Program
Counties offer health care for low-income people not eligible for other help. Also check out CWDA’s list of County Human Services Agencies.
- Community Health Clinics
California Primary Care Association can help you find a community clinic.
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) provide eligible individuals with the ability to continue group health insurance benefits during periods of unemployment.
Low Cost Car Insurance
- Department of Insurance
Learn about low-cost car insurance.
Human Services Assistance
- California Area Agencies on Aging
Assist elders and their families to identify services and opportunities.
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV)
While the CPEDV does not provide direct services to victims of domestic violence, they provide referrals to local service providers, shelters, legal services and more. To locate services, on the home page, select “For Survivors” and then select “Get Help Now.”
- Child Support Services
Request changes in your child support orders due to loss of job or Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
- County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA)
CWDA is a non-profit association that promotes a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect. This association promotes county services.
- First 5 California
A website for parents providing immediately useful information about the lifelong benefits for every child of positive and direct interactions in the first weeks and months of life, along with resources, support, programs, and information for children ages 0 to 5 and their families.
- America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC)
AJCC links all of California’s state and local workforce services and resources. You can find your nearest job center, job seeker resources, information for employers, and more.
- Apprenticeship Opportunities
Learn more about apprenticeship opportunities through the “I Built It!” website at the Department of Industrial Relations.
- Cal-Neva Community Action Partnership
Local services including utility and rental assistance.
- WE Connect
Helpful resources on health, jobs, food, housing, tax help, and education for your family.
Credit Card Debt Relief
- ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
A non-profit organization offering credit counseling.
- Housing and Urban Development
- Find local non-profit organizations that can offer housing assistance.
- Learn about avoiding foreclosure.
- Locate a regional housing authority.
- Keep Your Home California
This is a federally-funded foreclosure prevention program that may be able to help you. If you are unemployed and collecting EDD benefits, you may qualify for this mortgage assistance.
Participating in Keep Your Home California will not affect your Unemployment Insurance eligibility.
Find out if you qualify today: call Keep Your Home California toll free, (888) 954-KEEP (5337) or visit their website.
- Department of Community Services and Development
Connecting people to home energy assistance, energy crisis intervention, and low-income weatherization programs.
California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Resources:
- California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program
Offers low-income consumers a 20 percent discount on energy bills.
- Make a Payment Plan
Provides assistance in negotiating a more affordable payment to utility companies if a customer has trouble paying the energy, telephone, or water bill.
- Assistance Paying Your Bills
Some utilities have emergency payment assistance programs for their customers.
- Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program
The FERA Program provides assistance to families with slightly higher incomes. FERA is available for customers of Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
- Energy Savings Assistance Program
This program provides no-cost weatherization services for low-income households who meet the CARE income guidelines.
- California LifeLine Program
This program provides a discount for landline service and unlimited local incoming and outgoing calls.