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Department of Employment and Benefit Services

Vision

Making a differe​nce through people, service and performance.

Mission

Transition public assistance recipients to employment and eventual self-sufficiency and to ensure that low-income individuals and families receive necessary health, nutrition, financial and employment services.

Goals

  • Ensure that basic needs are met through accurate and timely services.
  • Assist job seekers in obtaining and retaining employment and empowering them with the tools, and skills to set and achieve their goals.
  • Reduce the number of hungry children and adults by outreaching and conducting community-wide campaigns to make nutrition services more accessible and available.
  • Increase well-being by promoting strategies to grow the number of eligible children and adults who receive health coverage.
  • Promote various housing assistance programs to help eligible, low-income individuals move into permanent housing.

Programs

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Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal is California's version of the federal Medicaid health coverage program. This is a public health care program for California residents with low income and resources.

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CalFresh Food

CalFresh Food is California's name for the federal food program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that used to be known as Food Stamps. It is a nutrition program for California residents with low income that increases your food budget.

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CalFresh Employment and Training

CalFresh Employment and Training (CFET) is a free and voluntary program that helps people on CalFresh Food gain skills, tools, basic education, training and work experience to find a living wage job.

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California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) helps families with children and pregnant individuals to meet basic needs. CalWORKs provides time limited cash assistance, childcare and health care coverage.

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CalWORKs Employment Services

CalWORKs Employment Services is a free program that helps people on CalWORKs gain skills, tools, basic education, training and work experience to find a living wage job.

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General Assistance

General Assistance provides cash assistance and employment services to County of Santa Clara adults with no dependent children who have no other means of support.

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General Assistance Vocational Services

General Assistance Vocational Services is a free CalFresh Employment and Training program that helps CalFresh Food Recipients on General Assistance gain skills, tools, basic education, training and work experience to find a living wage job.

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Financial assistance for aged, blind, or disabled immigrants (Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants)

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is funded by the State of California. CAPI provides cash assistance to aged, blind, and disabled immigrants who are not eligible for the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program due to their immigration status.

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Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) is a cash assistance program for refugees who are not otherwise eligible for any other cash aid. RCA also includes employment and other social services to assist a refugee in becoming self-sufficient.

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Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP)

Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) provides short-term cash assistance to certain immigrant survivors of human trafficking and other serious crimes.