About General Assistance
General Assistance is a cash aid program to help needy individuals and families who are not eligible for help under any other program.
The program provides money, vouchers and job-related services for needy persons not eligible to Federal and State aid programs.
Earned Income Tax Credit
Claiming your EITC is easy. Just file your federal tax return Form 1040 or 1040A and Schedule EIC. You can still get an EITC refund even if you don’t owe any income tax. The EITC refund is not counted as income when your CalWORKs, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal benefits are figured. Click here for information
How to Apply
Anyone has the right to apply for General Assistance. In order to receive General Assistance, you must be a resident of San Luis Obispo County. You may qualify if you are poor, destitute, incompetent, or incapacitated by age, disease or accident and are not supported by relatives, friends or any other source. You must be actively seeking employment if you are able to work.
Your real and personal property and all your income from any source are considered when calculating if you qualify for General Assistance.
It is important if you or your family is in need of General Assistance that you contact the Department of Social Services.
Your worker will calculate the amount of benefits that you can receive.
There is also a program that pays for mortuary expenses for deceased indigents when necessary.
Where to Apply
3433 S. Higuera, San Luis Obispo, CA
Help for the Homeless
The Department of Social Services collaborates with community partners from all over the county on the Homeless Services Coordinating Council (HSCC). The HSCC website provides a central location where you can find information and resources about all kinds of help for homeless and needy individuals and families living in San Luis Obispo county. Click here to go to the Homeless Services website.
General Assistance Caseload Statistics
Click here for current year General Assistance caseload statistics
Click here to go to the Department of Social Services home page.