Public Assistance

Coronavirus Information: Accessing Services Remotely

  • Visit BenefitsCal.com to apply online, upload documents, renew benefits, or report changes
  • Call 530-265-1340 if you have questions about your case or need to request a new BIC or EBT card
  • Call 1-877-328-9677 to check your EBT balance
  • All Medi-Cal renewals are waived until further notice. CalFresh and CalWORKs renewals may be completed without an interview in some situations.
  • Employment Services orientation can be completed online.

Medical Coverage

Medical coverage is available for individuals and families through programs including Medi-Cal and the County Medical Services Program (CMSP).

CalFresh (Food Stamps)

CalFresh is a federal program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

Cash Assistance for Families

CalWORKs is a temporary financial assistance and employment services program for low or no income families in California.

Cash Assistance for Individuals

General Assistance is a supplemental assistance program for those persons who are ineligible for cash aid under federal or state programs.

Employment Services

Nevada County Employment Services (Welfare-to-Work) assists families receiving CalWORKs Cash Assistance in becoming self-sufficient.

  1. CVV Coming Soon

    CVV enabled on EBT Cards 6/20/22

    California is turning on CVV security features on all EBT cards on June 20th to help prevent EBT theft. Some EBT cardholders received replacement cards by mail earlier this year, which you will need to use for EBT transactions after the 20th. Learn More
  2. Farmers Market 2022

    2022 CalFresh Farmers' Market Match Begins June 4th

    For the 9th year, Nevada County Social Services partnered with 211 Connecting Point to bring EBT matching to local Farmers' Markets. Market Match will be at three locations in Western County, and a variation will be at the Truckee Farmer's Market. Learn More
  3. Medi-Cal (1)

    Are You Enrolled in Medi-Cal?

    Has your contact information changed in the past two years? Please make sure Nevada County Social Services has your current contact information. Learn More
  4. Medi-Cal

    Medi-Cal Expansion Is Coming May 1, 2022

    There are changes coming to Medi-Cal programs for older and disabled people, which will make it possible for more people to get Medi-Cal coverage. These changes will also let people keep more property when they have Medi-Cal. Learn More
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    Apply For Or Manage Your Benefits Online At BenefitsCal.Com

    BenefitsCal.com is a new website for customers to apply for and manage their food, cash aid, and medical benefits. The site has replaced the C4Yourself website and mobile app. Learn More
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    Call The Medi-Nurse Line For Help With COVID Questions

    If you don’t have health care coverage, or you have Medi-Cal but don’t have a regular doctor, California’s nurse advice line can help. Call the Medi-Nurse Line: (877) 409-9052 Learn More

Mission Statement

The mission for Public Assistance under the Department of Social Services (DSS) is opening doors, building community, and being of service to County citizens needing social, eligibility, or employment and training services.