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Community Benefits

The Community Benefits Branch provides temporary public assistance benefits and services to assist eligible residents of Monterey County meet their basic needs. Programs include temporary cash assistance, General assistance, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and CalWORKS. Eligibility for these public benefits is based upon income and resource levels.

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For More Information call 1-866-323-1953

TTY/TTD Phone #: (831) 755-4867

Fraud Prevention Hotline 831-755-3224

CalWORKs – Cash Assistance Program

The CalWORKS program is designed to assist families toward a path of work and self-sufficiency. The purpose of the cash assistance program is to provide temporary financial assistance to economically disadvantaged families with dependent children. Benefits are based on household size, family income and resources.


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Electronic Benefit Transfer Card - EBT

The EBT system automates the delivery and redemption of issued benefits. EBT cardholders access their benefits using the California “Golden State Advantage” card. The EBT card provides faster service; the cardholder simply slides his/her card through a point-of-sale (POS) device or an automated teller machine (ATM) to access their benefits.

To access a list of ATM and POS locations for EBT in Monterey County click 'download report' below:

Cash Access Report, May 2021
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For additional information please go to the California Electronic Benefit Transfer Project webpage at:

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CalFresh is California’s food stamps (SNAP) program. The CalFresh Program is designed to supplement the food budget of low-income households to meet their nutritional needs. individuals granted CalFresh benefits can buy food at a grocery store or other authorized places using an electron Benefit transfer (EBT) card. The amount of CalFresh benefits a family receives is based on household size, family income and resources. To apply click the link below:

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Is a state health insurance program for low-income families, seniors, and adults with disabilities. The Medi-Cal program pays for medical, dental and prescription medicine for eligible recipients. once eligibility is established by the Department, a representative from the Central Coast alliance for health, the local Managed health Care Plan, provides eligible recipients with assistance accessing physicians and covered medical services and providers.

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The Monterey County Children’s health outreach for insurance, Care and enrollment (MC-CHOICE), is an outreach project designed to maximize enrollment of children in the Medi-Cal and healthy Families Programs. The project also strives to promote retention and utilization of health benefits for children enrolled in the programs. MC-CHOICE outreach efforts additionally support the CalFresh Program.

For additional information please go to the MC-CHOICE webpage at:

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General Assistance (GA)

GA is a county funded temporary cash assistance program for unemployed single adults and couples who may not have dependent children and are not receiving other public assistance benefits including, Supplemental Security income (SSI) or unemployment benefits. Recipients not disabled must seek employment, and are required to repay county funds.

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