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Social Services

Welcome to the home page of the Department of Social Services of San Luis Obispo County

 

Below we provide a brief description of our programs, services as well as links to the websites of our partners. Choose the program or service that you want and click on the link to find more information.

Earned Income Tax Credit: It's your money - Claim it!

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Even if you did not make enough money from work in 2015 to make it necessary to file a State or Federal tax return, you may be able to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) .

If you worked for low pay or part-time in 2015 and receive a W-2 form you should complete a California State Tax Return (540 or 540 2EZ) in order to claim your EITC payment.

EITC payments range up to a maximum of $2,653 for a family of 3 down to a maximum of $214 for a single person with no children.  Click here for information about help with doing your tax return for free.

EITC is recognized as one of the most effective programs to help lift families out of poverty.

Free Tax Return assistance provided by Cal Poly is available for low income tax filers that qualify. 

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New Health Care Plans

As of January 1st, 2014, new health care plans will be available through the Affordable Care Act /Covered California.

For more information: Go to the Covered California website at www.coveredca.com or call toll-free 800-300-1506.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the new health care plans.

 

CASH AID PROGRAMS

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

SERVICE PROGRAMS

CALWORKS

Cash aid and Welfare to Work services that promote self-sufficiency for families with children in need.

Click here to go to CalWORKs.

MEDI-CAL

Help to pay for health and medical care for children and families, and for aged and disabled adults.

Click here to go to Medi-Cal.

CHILD WELFARE SERVICES

Services that provide safety and stability for children at risk of abuse and neglect and, when possible, keep them in their own homes.

Click here to go to Child Welfare Services.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect in SLO County  call: 24-hour Child Abuse Reporting hotline 805-781-KIDS (5437) or 1-800-834-KIDS.

Information for Mandated Reporters:
Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) form 8572

Mandated Reporter resources

FOSTER CARE

Cuidado de Crianza Temporal

ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

Adopciones

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PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR ADULTS

Protective services for dependent adults and seniors.

Click here to go to Protective Services for Adults.

GENERAL ASSISTANCE

Aid for individuals and families that do not qualify under any other program.

Click here to go to General Assistance.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

Domestic care for seniors and disabled persons.

Click here to go to In-Home Supportive Services.

KINSHIP GUARDIANSHIP ASSISTANCE

Cash aid for children cared for by non-parent relative caretakers

Click here to go to Kin-GAP.

CALFRESH PROGRAM

Food assistance for low income households.

Click here to go to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance  Program

INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

Life skills education and support for current and post-foster care young adults between the ages of 16 and 21.

Click here to go to the Independent Living Program.

CALIFORNIA ASSISTANCE PROGRAM for IMMIGRANTS

Cash aid for aged, blind or permanently disabled lawful permanent residents.

Click here to go to CAPI.

 

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Click here to view the Department's most recent Semi-Annual Report which provides information on the progress of the main points of focus in each area of the department for the most recent six month period.

Partner Websites

The Department of Social Services partners with other departments, agencies and the community to provide help to the people of San Luis Obispo County. Below are links to the websites of those who work in partnership with us to provide helpful resources for adults and seniors, children and families and the homeless. Click on a link below to go to one of these websites:

Adult Services Policy Council

Children's Services Network

Commission on Aging

Homeless Services Oversight Council

211 Resources Line

 

Click here to go to the San Luis Obispo County home page