Attorneys in the Government Benefits Unit can provide you with immediate help if you are experiencing the following problems:
WHEN YOU NEED CASH AID, FOOD OR SHELTER RIGHT NOW
EXPEDITED FOOD STAMPS
The Food Stamps program assists low-income families and individuals to buy food. If you qualify for "expedited" food stamps, then the county Department of Public Social Services office will process your food stamps application faster than it would normally, allowing you to begin receiving food stamps within three days of applying. To be eligible for expedited food stamps, you must either: (1) have less than $100 in gross monthly income and $150 in cash on hand or (2) your total monthly housing costs must be greater than your total cash on hand and gross income.
For the locations of the Department of Public Social Services [DPSS] offices where you can apply, go to http://www.ladpss.org/new_portal/dpss_foodstamps.cfm
CalWORKs provides cash aid to low-income families.
Immediate Need: If you have an eviction notice or three-day notice to pay rent AND less than $100 in cash on hand, the county will process your CalWORKS application faster, so that you receive your full cash aid for the month within three working days. If you have an emergency situation other than an eviction, such as not being able to pay a utility bill, AND less than $100 in cash on hand, the county will provide you with either a $200 advance on your benefits or your total CalWORKS grant (whichever is less) by the next working day.
Temporary Homeless Assistance: A homeless family on CalWORKS can receive temporary shelter in a hotel/motel for up to sixteen consecutive days. Generally, this assistance is only available once in a lifetime, unless the homelessness was the result of domestic violence or a natural disaster.
Permanent Homeless Assistance: A homeless CalWORKS family can receive help with move-in costs, such as last month’s rent, security deposits, utility deposits, and cleaning fees, provided that the total rent does not exceed eighty percent of the family’s total monthly income. Generally, this assistance is only available once in a lifetime, unless the homelessness was the result of domestic violence or a natural disaster.
For locations of the DPSS offices where you can apply, go to http://www.ladpss.org/new_portal/dpss_cashaid.cfm.
GENERAL RELIEF EMERGENCY BENEFITS
General Relief (GR) is a county cash aid program that assists poor people who are usually ineligible for any other program. The amount of aid is no more than $221. GR applicants and recipients may be eligible to receive the following emergency benefits:
Emergency Housing: If you are homeless and applying for GR, tell the county employee taking your application that you do not have a permanent home. DPSS should then issue hotel vouchers to you, until you first begin receiving benefits. However, once you begin receiving GR, the county will deduct $4.53 from your benefits for every day that you received a voucher.
Eviction Prevention: If you are already receiving GR, the county also provides up to $272 in eviction prevention funds, if you can show that (1) you have not paid this or last month’s rent and (2) that the $272 will actually be enough to prevent your eviction.
For locations of the DPSS offices where you can apply, go to http://www.ladpss.org/new_portal/dpss_foodstamps.cfm.