CalFresh formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. For most households, CalFresh benefits are only a part of their food budget. They must spend some of their own cash, along with their CalFresh Benefits, in order to buy enough food for the month.
Affordable health care is essential to everyone's health and well-being. A number of health care coverage options are now
available for qualifying individuals and families. Each program has its own rules to determine who is eligible and the cost, if any, of coverage.
Other Services & Programs
There are four basic programs that provide cash payments to eligible individuals or households. Each program has its own eligibility rules to determine if a person or household can receive cash payments and the amount of those payments.
CalWORKs is a time-limited cash assistance program for children and their parent(s) or qualifying relative with whom they live. Those receiving assistance through this program automatically qualify for Medi-Cal and may qualify for CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps. Employable adults are required to work or look for work.
Visit the California Official CalWORKs website for further information on this program.
General Assistance is a program for individuals or families that do not qualify for other cash programs. Individuals can receive General Assistance up to 3 months in a 12-month period, unless they are exempt from these time limits.
The Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) provides cash aid to disabled, blind and/or aged legal non-citizens. The assistance program is available for California residents who are ineligible to receive Supplemental Security Income/ Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA). Note that Refugees who are receiving CaIWORKs or SSI/SSP cannot receive RCA.
The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program provides cash assistance, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh to refugees for up to 12 months. The benefits start with the month in which the person was admitted into the U.S. as a refugee, the date asylum was granted, or from the date of application for aid was received (for trafficking and crime victims).
The Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) provides State-funded cash aid, employment, supportive and health care services to noncitizen victims of a severe form of human trafficking and to noncitizen victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes who are not eligible to RCA or Regular CalWORKs.
Who May Be Eligible
Each program has rules about who qualifies and how much they can receive. Facts about the individual or household will be verified, including but not limited to:
- Bank accounts
How to Apply
Those living in Butte County can apply at any of the Community Employment Centers listed under Connect with Benefits. An interview is completed at the office. In some cases the interview can be completed at another location. If an interpreter is needed please ask at the time an appointment is made so one can be made available for the interview. There is no cost to you for the services of an interpreter.