Employment & Benefits

Employment and Benefit Services Division

Assistance Programs provide benefits to low-income adults and families. Staff work with clients to determine eligibility for assistance and provide referrals for related services.

  • Benefits Call Center serves individuals who are receiving assistance from CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Foster Care, Adoptions, and CalWORKs.
  • CalFresh is a program that helps low-income people buy food they need for good health and nutrition.
  • CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program enables eligible CalFresh recipients to purchase meals at participating restaurants with their EBT card.  Read the new flyer in English (PDF) or in Spanish (PDF). (Both files open in a new window).
  • CalWORKs Cash Aid assists parents with dependent children in finding employment, job training, and child care costs during work or training hours.
  • CalWORKs Child Care helps eligible families pay for monthly child care as they participate Welfare-to-Work activities.
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) helps eligible legal permanent residents pay for basic living expenses.
  • Employment Assistance Welfare-to-Work helps CalWORKs participants find jobs and become self-sufficient.
  • General Assistance is a county-funded loan program, that helps eligible adults meet their basic living needs.
  • Medi-Cal is a program providing health care benefits to those who qualify.

The Value of Benefits

We value helping those in need access health, nutrition and cash-assistance benefits.  Getting Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, and General Assistance has never been easier.  Learn more by viewing these videos which open in a new browser window:

Apply For Or Manage Your Benefits

Our Benefit Representatives will assist you to obtain the benefits and coverage you are eligible for as quickly as possible.

Visit a Customer Service Center

Come to a Customer Service Center:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • 1020 Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz
  • 18 West Beach Street in Watsonville

Apply Online!

Apply for CalFresh, CalWORKs, & Medi-Cal, online 24/7, www.MyBenefitsCalWIN.org

Public Benefits and Immigration

Find answers to questions regarding public benefits and immigration:

EBT Cards

Check your account balance, find retailers and free ATM locations at www.ebt.ca.gov.

For help Understanding the EBT Client Website or in Spanish