Safety Net Services

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You may apply for public assistance benefits including Medi-Cal health coverage,CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants, and In-Home Supportive Services online, or by contacting the department at (530) 265-1340. Staff is able to process applications as normal and will contact you via phone if there is additional information needed. If you have any questions about your ongoing benefits please utilize to email your worker or call your worker directly. Your DSS worker is listed on your case benefit paperwork.  

March 18, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-29-20 to extend the eligibility period for important safety net services. The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in 

  • Medi-Cal health coverage
  • CalFresh food assistance
  • CalWORKS
  • Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and
  • In-Home Supportive Services

The change will allow current recipients of these safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption.

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Women, Infants, and Children Program

At this time, we can provide all WIC services via the phone or video chat, including new enrollments. To protect you and our WIC staff, all walk-in WIC clinics have been suspended. Community members should call their local WIC office to enroll or certify, obtain future food benefits, reschedule, get breastfeeding help, or to get questions answered.

Western Nevada County: 530-265-1454
Truckee: 530-582-7814

  • State WIC has auto issued one month of benefits and extended some certifications
  • Check your California WIC app for benefits and appointment status

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

What employees are entitled to may be confusing. Visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency to learn more about what resources may be available in terms of Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Sick Leave, and Workers’ Compensation.

Renters & Homeowners

Governor Gavin Newsom  issued Executive Order N-28-20 that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. 

The order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through September 30th, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period.

The Governor’s Executive Order asks the California Public Utilities Commission to monitor measures undertaken by public and private utility providers to implement customer service protections for critical utilities, including electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone, and cell phone service on a weekly basis.