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The Monterey County Department of Social Services administers over seventy programs that daily serve an estimated 100,000 residents of Monterey County.



In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Provider Enrollment & Orientation


REVA stands for Registration Enrollment Video Appointment an internet based system for enrolling new IHSS home care providers. REVA gives providers an easy way to enroll online, to fill out a provider information form, and to watch the State required orientation videos. Once online, you can schedule an appointment to come into the IHSS office to sign required documents. For instructions click the following link: Enrollment Instructions


CalFreshHave you been denied CalFresh?

Do you have a drug felony conviction?

Good news—laws have changed!

Now you CAN get CalFresh, the nutrition assistance program formerly known as Food Stamps. Apply again and you may get approved!

Call the Monterey County Department of Social Services at 1-866-323-1953 — we’ll answer all your questions about CalFresh benefits and how to apply for the program.

Central Coast Energy ServicesCentral Coast Energy Services


Programs are offered free of cost for low-income homeowners and renters, including those who occupy mobile homes.

For more information on how to apply click the following link. Free Services

Water Assistance ProgramCentral Coast Energy ServicesCentral Coast Energy Services

2015 Water Bill Assistance Program for Low-Income Households

Do you have Low-Income Program Participants that can Benefit from a Credit of up to $150 on their Water Bill?

The 2015 Drought Water Assistance Program (DWAP) assists drought impacted, low-income households with a one-time credit on current, past due, or disconnected water accounts to prevent disruption in vital water services and to promote water conservation. Applicants that demonstrate an extreme hardship may be considered for additional assistance.

Because of the response we received 2014, Central Coast Energy Services was granted another contract beginning April 1 and running through December 31.

For more information about the 2015 Water Bill Assistance Program for Low-Income Households, click the following link. Information / Application Packet


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C4Yourself ® is an online application system that allows you to apply for benefits. This is a secured site and all your information will be private and safe.

  • You can apply for Cash Aid, CalFresh and Medi-Cal
  • After you apply online you can:
    • Check the status of your application
    • See your worker name and phone number
    • See your current benefit amount(s)
    • Get and print your Quarterly or Semi-annual report forms
    • Renew or Recertify your application
    • Get messages from your worker
    • Get a fax or mail-in coversheet to send information to your worker
  • Obtain basic information about Cash Aid, CalFresh and Medi-Cal
  • Obtain office closure information
  • See important announcements

Save time, reduce calls to your worker, reduce visits to the office, do it yourself at or en Español


Monterey County CB CARE Center
The Department of Social Services has changed the process of assisting active CalFresh (Food Stamps) and Medi-Cal customers. Just call 1-877-410-8823 and a worker will be available to assist you over the phone.

Monterey County CB CARE Center
1-877-410-8823 CALL TOLL FREE
Business hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM—5:00 PM
Automated self-service available after hours

For New Benefits Applications
To complete CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications online visit the following link:


Covered CaliforniaCovered California

The Health Insurance Marketplace
Covered California is the health insurance marketplace implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in California. Legal residents of the state of California who do not have health insurance from their employer or another government program can purchase health insurance through Covered California. For 2015, open enrollment runs from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
For more information about Covered California or to apply for benefits, click the link below.

eldercareAAASenior Information, Referral & Assistance (I,R&A)

For Information, Referral and Assistance with senior services call 1-800-510-2020 our social work staff are available to answer your questions.
Click here to view the 2015 Resource Guide
Presionar aqui para ver La Guia de Recursos del 2015 para Personas de la Tercera Edad
For nationwide senior service Information, Referral & Assistance call the Eldercare Locator at 1- 800-677-1116 or visit their website at


Community Action PartnershipCommunity Action Partnership (CAP)

The 2015 Homeless Services Resource Guide for resources and contact information regarding homeless services in Monterey County is now available. Click the link below to view.
2015 Homeless Services Resource Guide

The 2015 CAP Service Directory for resources and contact information regarding services for the low-income population of Monterey County is now available. Click the link below to view.
2015 CAP Service Directory


211Call 2-1-1

For quick and accurate information about local community resources.

Food, housing, counseling, financial assistance, senior services

2-1-1 is a service of United Way Monterey County in partnership with local nonprofits, government offices, and private foundations.

211Child Support Services

The mission of Child Support Services is to enhance the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by providing professional services to locate parents, establish paternity and establish and enforce orders for financial and medical support. Every child deserves love and support from both parents and we’re here to help.
Phone: (866) 901-3212

MC-CHOICEWhat MC-CHOICE can do for you!

Outreach workers will help families enroll in Medi-Cal and CalFresh programs.

Family to FamilyEvery child deserves a family.

Right now foster children all over the Central Coast are waiting for a home and new Foster Families are always needed.

Now being a foster family just got a lot easier.

Caring Foster Businesses like these are offering reward programs to all existing and new foster families…

Secretary of State Online Voter Registration

Californians can register to vote online.

Click the button below to access the Secretary of State 'Elections and Voter Information' webpage.

Secretary of State - Voting In California

Click the button below to access the California Online Voter Registration.

Secretary of State - Register to Vote


Seeking Employment?

Contact Human Resources if you are interested in a career helping support our community. The types of jobs include helping people find work, keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, providing low-income families with health insurance, nutrition assistance, and temporary cash aid, assisting the independence of people with disabilities, and making sure veteran’s are able to access earned benefits.

For more information on open or future recruitments, call 831-796-1534
Current DSS jobs can be found at:
Our 24-hour toll free job line is 1-877-796-1503
Other county positions can be found at:


Fraud Prevention

The public is encouraged to contact the District Attorney's fraud prevention hotline to report suspicion of fraud or misuse of public benefits.

Fraud Prevention Hotline 831-755-3224

Event Calendar

Monday, November 9, 6:00pm

Commission on the Status of Women: 1000 South Main St. Suite 110

Tuesday, November 10, 1:30pm

IHSS Advisory Committee: 1000 South Main St. Suite 302

Wednesday, November 11, 3:00pm

Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission: Veterans Transition Center 220 - 12th Street, (Martinez Hall) Marina

Monday, November 16, 4:00pm

Community Action Commission: 1000 S. Main St. Suite 110

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