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MAY 11, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

BEWARE OF FAKE LETTER

We have become aware of a fake letter containing references to Merced County Human Services Agency that is circulating on social media. It includes the faked signature of a state official. The letter tells clients they must get tested for COVID-19 in order to continue their benefits. It also tells clients that if they test positive, their children will be removed into foster care. The letter asks people to visit a website, as well.

The letter, its contents, and the website are FAKE.

We have alerted the appropriate county authorities for investigation. If you receive this letter, please disregard it. State departments and county human services departments NEVER will ask about your health status in connection to an application for benefits. Similarly, children must be subject to abuse or neglect to enter foster care. Children cannot be put into foster care just because a parent may be ill.

If you have helpful information about the source of the letter, or if anyone has questions or concerns about the authenticity of materials from the Department, please contact us at: (916) 651-8848 or piar@dss.ca.gov. We would appreciate your assistance in protecting Californians during this difficult time.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 18, 2020

By the order of the Health Officer of the County of Monterey
All individuals living in Monterey County to shelter at their place of residence.

For more information click on the following links
COVID-19 Shelter in Place | COVID-19 Shelter in Place Q & A

COVID-19 SCAM ALERT click on the following links for more information
English SCAM ALERT | Spanish SCAM ALERT

FIRTS 5 Monterey County Response to COVID-19
CLICK HERE TO VIEW
COVID-19

EFFECTIVE MARCH 18, 2020

The Department of Social Services is committed to ensuring the continuity of Essential Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Essential Services include:

  • Child Welfare Services – emergency response and assuring safety of dependent children.
  • Adult Protective Services – emergency response and assuring safety of seniors and dependent adults from abuse.
  • In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) – Intake and reassessments triggered by reports of change in needs, IHSS Payroll, and the Public Authority for IHSS if a care provider is needed.
  • Community Benefits Eligibility functions – New applications, authorizing changes, resolving issues for the continuation of benefits.

Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect: 1-800-606-6618
Report Suspected Elder Abuse or Exploitation: 1-800-510-2020

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards

Call M-F 8 am to 5 pm 877-890-4488

Emergency In-Person Services Only at the following locations:
1000 S Main St Ste 209 Salinas | 1281 Broadway Ave Seaside | 116 Broadway St King City

Temporary Financial Assistance to Economically Disadvantaged Families

Medical, CalFresh, CalWORKs

Ways to Apply or Communicate with a Worker Click Here
Como Puede Comunicasrse con su Trabajador o Hacer Solicitud
Oprima Aqui

Online www.c4yourself.com or www.c4yourself.com en Español

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO VIEW ORIENTATION VIDEOS
CALWORKS ORIENTATION
ORIENTACION DE CALWORKS

Medical, CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Assistance,
Call M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Applications:1-866-323-1953, Current Recipients:1-877-410-8823, TTY/TTD Phone #: (831) 755-4867

Medi-Cal 1-800-300-1506 (Covered CA – For Medi-Cal Only)

Emergency In-Person Services Only at the following locations:
1000 S Main St Ste 216 Salinas | 1281 Broadway Ave Seaside | 116 Broadway St King City

Welfare-To-Work, Childcare & Family Stabilization

Call M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 800- 870-4750, 831- 755-4452, TTY/TTD #: (831) 754-8791

Drop off documents only at the following locations:
730 La Guardia St Salinas | 1281 Broadway Ave Seaside | 200 Broadway St King City

Foster Care & Adoptions

Call M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 831-755-4661

Senior Information and Referral Assistance In Home Supportive Services, Public Authority and Adult Protective Services

Call M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 800-510-2020, 831-755-4466, TTY/TTD Phone #: (831) 784-2131

Drop off documents only at the following locations:
1000 S. Main St Ste 211 Salinas | 2620 First Ave Marina

Military & Veterans Affairs

Rides to Palo Alto and all outreach efforts are postponed until further notice. All other services are available by phone/video or online.
Online www.co.monterey.ca.us/mva
Call M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 831-647-7613

C4YourselfAPPLY FOR AID ONLINE

www.c4yourself.com or www.c4yourself.com en Español


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 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:

www.c4yourself.com | www.c4yourself.com en Español



EBT Online Purchasing
Compra En Linea de EBT



CalFresh Food benefits can now be used to purchase groceries ONLINE.
Click HERE for more information.

Los beneficios de CalFresh ahora pueden usarse para comprar comestibles POR INTERNET.
Oprima AQUI para mas informacion.

CB CARE CenterNO MORE WAITING IN LINE! NO MORE OFFICE VISITS!

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
1-866-323-1953
To complete CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications online visit the following link: www.C4yourself.com

 

CalFresh Expansion for SSI Recipients

Beginning June 1, 2019 CalFresh Expansion for SSI Recipients. Please click on the following links for more information.

Expansión de CalFresh para beneficiarios de SSI

A partir del 1 de junio de 2019, la expansión de CalFresh para beneficiarios de SSI. Para más información por favor haga clic en los siguientes enlaces de Internet.

EBT Scam Alert

BEWARE! There is an EBT scam to steal your benefits! If you’ve received a text or phone call asking for your personal information, contact your worker right away. Your county and the state will never text or call you requesting your personal information such as your EBT card number and your personal identification number (PIN).

Never give your EBT Card number and PIN to anyone. With this information someone could steal your benefits. Always keep your PIN and EBT Card number safe and secret.

Alerta de Fraude EBT

¡CUIDADO! Existe una trampa relacionada con EBT para robarle sus beneficios. Si ha recibido un mensaje por texto o una llamada telefónica pidiéndole su información personal, comuníquese con su trabajador inmediatamente. Su condado y el estado nunca le enviarán un mensaje ni le llamarán para pedirle su información personal, como el número de su tarjeta de EBT y su número de identificación personal (PIN).

Nunca dé el número de su tarjeta de EBT y su PIN a ninguna persona. Alguien podría robarle sus beneficios con esta información. Siempre guarde su PIN y el número de su tarjeta de EBT en un lugar seguro y secreto.

HEAP Public Notice Announcement

Notice of Monterey/San Benito County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Application Process for Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) 2019 Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA).

On behalf of the Leadership Council, the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) issued its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) on February 8, 2019. Eligible activities include; expansion of homeless bed inventory through new emergency shelters, warming shelters, transitional, permanent or other homeless housing; operating and/or supportive services for new homeless beds; rental assistance, rapid rehousing, eviction prevention and/or move-in assistance; street outreach programs; health and safety education services; criminal justice diversion programs; housing navigation services; landlord mitigation programs; targeted case management and other related activities.

For more information please visit www.chspmontereycounty.org.
Call the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at (831) 883-3080 for general information.

Find a JobINTERESTED IN A CAREER IN SOCIAL SERVICES?

We are looking for people who genuinely care about our community and its members. Careers with the Department of Social Services gives you the opportunity to:

  • Provide essential resources to low-income families such as health insurance, nutrition, and temporary financial assistance.
  • Protect children and vulnerable adults through child protective services and adult protective services
  • Assist community members with building skills for employment.
  • Assist individuals with disabilities remain independent in their home and community.
  • Serve Veterans by supporting their access earned benefits.
  • Provide clerical, administrative, human resources or information systems support for successful delivery of services.

Current career opportunities can be found at:
MCDSS Human Resources | Merit Systems | Monterey County Job Opportunities

For more information on open or future recruitments:
call 831-796-1534 or call our 24-hour toll free job line @ 1-877-796-1503.

 

MONTEREY COUNTY SAFE PARKING PROGRAM

Provides a legal place for residents sleeping in their vehicles to park overnight between the hours of 7pm and 7am every day, including weekends and holidays. Intake assessment and program participation required before being issued a permit to park. Contact Monterey County Safe Parking Program Social Worker at (831) 204-0230 or email: safeparkingprogram@gmail.com for more information about program requirements and to schedule an assessment meeting.
Click here for more information.

HRCCommunity Action PartnershipCalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP)

Finding affordable housing is a significant barrier for many struggling families in our community. They cannot begin to deal with other challenges in their lives, such as finding a job to provide food and basic necessities for their children when they don’t have a safe, stable home. The CalWORKs Housing Support Program allows us to meet a homeless family’s immediate need for housing, giving them an opportunity to start rebuilding their lives.

In Monterey County the demand exceeds the available resources. There are several families waiting for housing support and the list grows each day. The Program has served 650 families, including 1300+ children.

For additional information about the Housing Support Program click the following link:
Learn more about Monterey County HSP

 

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 Aging & Disability Services Resource Guide
For nationwide senior service Information, Referral & Assistance call the Eldercare Locator at 1- 800-677-1116 or visit their website at www.eldercare.gov.

 

Family to FamilyBecome a Foster Parent - Every 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…

Contact us at 1-800-850-0006 or (831) 755-4475

www.f2fmc.org

IHSSREVAIn 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

 

MC-CHOICEWhat MC-CHOICE can do for you!

Outreach workers will help families enroll in Medi-Cal and CalFresh programs. Click the MC Choice logo or Calendar link below to view dates and locations near you.

www.mc-choice.co.monterey.ca.us | Calendar

211Call 2-1-1 or text your Monterey zip code to 898211

For quick and accurate information and referrals to local resources. Service available 24/7, in English, Spanish or 180 other languages.

Food, housing, counseling, financial assistance, senior services, immigration resources and more.

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

www.211mc.org

Community Action PartnershipCommunity Action Partnership (CAP)

VOLUNTEER COMMISSIONER VACANCY

Are you looking for a way to contribute as a volunteer? The Community Action Commission is recruiting volunteers to fill a vacancy on our Commission!

Community Action Commission: The Community Action Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on issues related to poverty in Monterey County, and administers funding related to services for low-income people. Members represent the public, private, and low-income segments of the community, and reflect the race, economic status and gender of the community.

Please submit your Application to Teresa Pureco at purecotm@co.monterey.ca.us

Community Action Partnership (CAP)

Community Action PartnershipCommunity Action Partnership (CAP)

The Homeless Services Resource Guide for resources and contact information regarding homeless services in Monterey County is now available.
Click the following link: Homeless Services Resource Guide

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

Community Action Partnership (CAP)

Fraud PreventionFraud 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

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
Email: mcdcss@co.monterey.ca.us

mcdcss.org

Central Coast Energy ServicesCentral Coast Energy Services

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CREDIT ON YOUR PG&E BILL OF UP TO $307!

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

To apply click the following link. Free Services

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 more information about Covered California or to apply for benefits, click the link below.

www.coveredca.com

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

 

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