Additional Resources

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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.

Food Assistance

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.
  • Medi-Cal
    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

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.

Community-Based Resources

Credit Card Debt Relief

Housing Resources

Utilities Assistance

California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Resources: