General Assistance (GA)


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What is GA?

GA is a loan program for indigent adults who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and have no means of support.  The eligibility for GA and the amount of monthly assistance received depends on a number of factors, including the individual's housing situation, net income, and property.

Individuals who are determined to be employable may receive GA for up to 90 days in a 12-month period. Individuals determined to be unemployable due to temporary or long-term disability may receive General Assistance until their disability is resolved.


How to Apply or Submit Documents for GA:


By phone: 1-800-560-0976 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

By fax: (916) 876-8454or e-fax (916) 854-9256

In person:

​1725 28th St​
Sacramento, CA 95816​
Office Hours:
Mon – Fri 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM


For information about your case:

Call the Service Center and follow the prompts at 1-800-560-0976  

Service Center Hours Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Online: visit 24 hours a day

In person: See Office Locations and hours of operation above

GA application

SAWS 2 PLUS: EnglishSpanish ,Russian

QR 7/SAR 7 Information

Unemployable individuals must complete a QR 7 or SAR 7 every three (3) months after applying for GA. The QR7/SAR 7 is due by the 5th of the month.

Complete your QR7/SAR 7 online at .

Need help completing the QR7/SAR7:

  • See written Instructions HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR SAR 7

    ​​Reasonable Accommodations

    Do you have any physical, mental, developmental, or emotional conditions that make it hard for you to apply for benefits or meet program requirements? We can give you extra help. We call this type of help a reasonable accommodation.

    To request a reasonable accommodation for GA you may:

    • Verbally by calling 1-800-560-0976 or while speaking to a worker about your case
    • Submit a written request online, by mail, by fax, or in person

    ​The law protects people with physical, mental, emotional, and developmental disabilities as well as others with serious health problems (42 U.S.C. § 12132). For more information please review the PUB 13 and USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

    For more information on the GA program, see:
    GA Fact Sheet​

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