Department of Human Assistance Benefits

The Department of Human Assistance administers various federal, state, and local government programs designed to provide temporary cash aid, food assistance, and health insurance for eligible low-income Sacramento County residents.​​​

CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps) provides monthly assistance for low or no income individuals and families to buy more food, improve health and nutrition, and stretch your grocery budget​​.

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Californi​a Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)


As of August 21st, changes were made to improve your CalWORKs customer experience.  You will no longer have a single worker assigned to help you with your benefits because any worker can help you when you call or come in.  But you don't have to come in and wait.  A new CalWORKs Service Center is available with enhanced and expanded phone services to better serve you when you call (916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499, Monday -  Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  You may also access your benefits online ANYTIME at or come in Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For your convenience, we encourage you to take advantage of the expanded phone services and call the Service Center first to avoid office visits. When you call, follow the prompts for language choice and for CalWORKs.  Your call will be answered by a worker who is there to help you. 

The CalWORKs Program is California’s replacement of the Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) Program. Also known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), this program provides cash assistance for eligible families with children (time-limited for non-exempt adults). In 2013, approximately 33,000 families received CalWORKs in Sacramento County.

For more information on the CalWORKs program, see:

CalWORKs Wellness Team

The Sacramento County CalWORKs Wellness Team provides counseling services to help break down barriers to employment for CalWORKs eligible customers. Services include: • Confidential assessment and treatment of mental health and substance abuse needs. • Authorization and referral to intensive alcohol and drug treatment if needed. • Referrals for medication evaluation and support if needed. • Linkage to resources and tools to assist you in your recovery. To access services, call the CalWORKs Wellness Team referral line at (916)875-3309 or request a referral from Department of Human Assistance staff.

Alcohol and Drug Services

Sacramento County Alcohol and​ Drug Services offers a variety of substance use disorder services to CalWORKs eligible beneficiaries. These services include outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, withdrawal management (detoxification), residential treatment and transitional/sober living environments. To find out more about alcohol and drug services call (916) 874-9754.

New Rules for CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Activities

Starting January 1, 2013, there will be new rules that give you more Welfare-to-Work Activity options and require f​ewer participation hours for single-adult families.

The new rules do not change your CalWORKs 48-month time limit or your cash aid amount, but the WTW rules to stay on aid have changed.

Summary of New WTW Rules

  • Starting January 1, 2013, there is a new WTW 24-month Time Clock (within the 48-month Time Clock).
  • For most families, there are fewer required hours of participation.
  • You will have more choices of activities you can participate in during the WTW 24-Month Time Clock period. At the end of the WTW 24-month Time Clock period, you will have fewer choices of activities that count.
  • There are times when your WTW 24-Month Time Clock may stop. Months when your clock is stopped will not count towards your WTW 24-Month Time Clock.

Additional details are available in the following documents:
New Calworks Rules for WTW
SB1041 FAQ


The Cal-Learn ​P​ro​​gram, a program for pregnant or parenting teens under the age of 19 on welfare, is a statewide, mandatory program designed to help them graduate from high school and become self-sufficient.


The Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is a state-funded program for aged, blind and disabled legal immigrants who are ineligible for Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment Program (SSI/SSP) due to immigration status. Sacramento is the administering county for the North State/Orange CAPI Consortium. DHA staff processes applications and maintains continuing cases for 26 Northern California counties, including Sacramento.

Childcare Services

What is CalWORKs and the Three Stage Child Care System?

CalWORKs provides cash aid and services to eligible needy families. One of the services provided to help families achieve self–sufficiency is temporary child care subsidies.

The CalWORKs program created a three stage child care system to aid families in getting connected to local child care resources.

When someone enters the CalWORKs program their child care is considered Stage One. The Stage One child care subsidy remains active until the participant's work activity becomes stable and then they are transferred to Stage Two. The participant can remain in Stage Two for 24 months past the time their cash aid is discontinued or until their income reaches 75% of the state's median income. Stage Three is for former CalWORKs clients, diversion clients, and the general population when spaces are funded and available.

More information is available at the Childcare Services site.

EBT​ (El​ectronic Benefit 


EBT At A Glance

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is a benefit issuance system that allows you to get your CalFresh or cash benefits using a debit-type card. EBT replaces paper checks and CalFresh so no more lost or stolen benefits. You do not need a bank account to use EBT.

California EBT Clien​t Website

This State website is a resource for California EBT cardholders to check individual account balances, view transaction history detail, check claim status, and locate retailers and automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept the EBT card. The Golden State Advantage card is California's EBT card.

How To Get EBT Cash At Low Or No Cost

By knowing the facts about your Golden State Advantage Card, or Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card, you can get ALL of your cash benefits each month and pay NO surcharges or transaction fees.

EBT Restaurant M​eals Program

The Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) is implementing the EBT Restaurant Meals Program on May 1, 2006. With this new program, more than 4,000 elderly, disabled, or homeless people, who receive food stamp benefits in Sacramento County, will be able to purchase prepared hot meals in addition to making their grocery store purchases using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Restaurant Meals Fact Sheet |  

Poster |Approved Re​staurant List | Approved Restaurant Lis​t (Spanish) |

Map of Approved Restaurants

Text Message Scam!

Do not provide your account information by text or over the phone to unknown callers.  Sacramento County will not send text or email messages asking you to provide your account information.  Our messages will always direct you to call 916-874-3100 if you have questions.

Customers can call (916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499 Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4PM, to obtain automated benefits information or speak to a county representative.

Foster Care

The Foster Care (FC) Program provides cash and Medi-Cal benefits for providers of out-of-home care for children placed into foster care by Sacramento County Child Protective Services (CPS) or the Probation Department.

Genera​l Assistance

The General Assistance (GA) Program is a loan program designed to provide short-term assistance to indigent adults who are at least eighteen (18) years of age, unemployed or verified unemployable and who have no other means of support.

Health​ Insurance

Access to quality health care for every eligible child and adult is a fundamental goal of the Department of Human Assistance.

Affordable Health Care

Affordable health care options are now available.

The Affordable Care Act requires that most people have health care coverage. Enroll now for new health insurance options for you and your family, some at no cost to you.

Medi-Cal: Medi-Cal programs provide no-cost or low-cost health insurance for adults who are aged (65 years or older), blind, disabled, pregnant, or in a long-term facility; for children who are under 21 years of age; or for families with children including those who receive CalWORKs.

In 2014, eligibility for Medi-Cal was expanded to include people who are non-disabled, non-elderly and qualifying adults aged 19-64 with income levels at or below 138% the Federal Poverty Level.

It’s Easy to Apply:

  • Online at
  • Call the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance: (916)874-3100 or (209)744-0499
  • The Department of Human Assistance offices are open to assist customers with appointments and with transactions that require an in-person visit, at a limited capacity. Our current office hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm. Due to the current pandemic, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19; all customers age 2 and older will be required to wear a face covering while conducting in-person services. Facial coverings will be provided for all customers who do not have one.

2700 Fulton ​​​Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821

3960 Research Dr.
CA 95838   


1725 28th St
CA 95816

2450 Florin Road
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210 North Lincoln Way Galt, CA 95632
5747 Watt Ave.
North Highlands,
CA 95660

Health Insurance Assistance: Financial assistance to reduce the cost of health insurance is available to individuals and families whose income is below or at 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Visit for more information.

County Medically Indigent Services Program (CMISP)

The County Medically Indigent Services Program (CMISP) provides medically necessary care to all eligible indigents who are residents of Sacramento County. It is a program of “last resort” available to residents who do not have or are not eligible for other health care coverage. Persons who need to apply for health care coverage programs including CMISP may do so at the time they request medical services.

Medi-CalFresh Service Center

(916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499 (for those in 209 area code)

Services provided by the Medi-CalFresh Service Center are for cases managed by Sacramento County only.

If you are receiving only Medi-Cal and/or CalFresh benefits from the Department of Human Assistance, you no longer need to come to our offices. Just call the Medi-CalFRESH Service Center with all your Medi-Cal/ CalFresh needs. Anyone who answers the Medi-CalFresh Service Center line can help you immediately.

The Medi-CalFresh Service Center is available to assist Medi-Cal and/or CalFresh clients only. If you are receiving CalWORKs, please contact your CalWORKs worker to resolve your issue.

Transitional Housing

Laverne Adolfo Housing Programs for Former Foster Youth

The Adolfo program provides transitional housing and supportive services to former foster youth in the age range of 18 years and up to the 24th birthday for Transitional Housing and through 24 years for Permanent Supportive Housing.

For transitional housing information please call (916) 879-1784 and for permanent supportive housing information, please call (916) 453-2900.


Veterans Services

DHA Veterans Services can assist you with the following:

Available benefits are primarily from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but we also assist in obtaining earned veterans' benefits from the State of California and local government entities.

Veterans Services is also responsible for administering the College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans' Dependents. This program is afforded to spouses, unmarried surviving spouses, and children of service-connected disabled or service related deceased veterans. Eligible dependents are not required to pay "mandatory system wide" tuition and fees while attending either a California community college, a campus of the California State University (Cal State) system, or a campus of the University of California (UC) system. This program not only provides eligible dependents with the incentive, but also the opportunity to pursue their goals.

  • Service-Connected Disability Compensation Benefits
  • Non Service-Connected Disability Pension Benefits
  • Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Benefits
  • Death Pension Benefits
  • Aid & Attendance Entitlement
  • VA Medical Care Eligibility & Access
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
  • California College Fee Waiver Program
  • VA Life Insurance
  • State Veterans Homes
  • Requests for Military Records
  • Discharge Upgrade Information
  • Burial Benefits
  • Other Ancillary Benefits & Programs

Check out our new Veterans Services Publication!

Veteran’s Services is Here to Help

Contact us:

Monday through Thursday:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2​ p.m.

We have moved to 3970 Research Drive .    

The Department of Human Assistance offices are open to assist customers with appointments and with transactions that require an in-person visit, at a limited capacity. Due to the current pandemic, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19; all customers age 2 and older will be required to wear a face covering while conducting in-person services. Facial coverings will be provided for all customers who do not have one.


For additional locations and hours, please call 916-874-6811