Public Assistance

 Accessing Services Remotely

  • Visit to apply online, upload documents, renew benefits, or report changes
  • Call 530-265-1340 if you have questions about your case or need to request a new BIC or EBT card
  • Call 1-877-328-9677 to check your EBT balance
  • All Medi-Cal renewals are waived until June 2023 at the earliest. You will receive a renewal packet in the mail when it is time for your renewal - to update your mailing address, please call 530-265-1340
  • Employment Services orientation can be completed online.

Medical Coverage

Medical coverage is available for individuals and families through programs including Medi-Cal and the County Medical Services Program (CMSP).

CalFresh (Food Stamps)

CalFresh is a federal program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

Cash Assistance for Families

CalWORKs is a temporary financial assistance and employment services program for low or no income families in California.

Cash Assistance for Individuals

General Assistance is a supplemental assistance program for those persons who are ineligible for cash aid under federal or state programs.

Employment Services

Nevada County Employment Services (Welfare-to-Work) assists families receiving CalWORKs Cash Assistance in becoming self-sufficient.

Housing Assistance

Find local housing resources.

  1. Medi-cal rules are changing. Make sure your contact information is up to date.

    Medi-Cal Coverage Rules Are Changing

    Medi-Cal's continuous coverage policy is ending, and some Medi-Cal recipients will lose coverage. Make sure to update your contact information, and complete your Medi-Cal Renewal when it is mailed to you. Learn More
  2. CalFresh Alert

    CalFresh Emergency Allotments Are Ending

    CalFresh Emergency Allotments have provided an additional $95+ in benefits each month to every CalFresh household since March 2020. These benefits are ending due to a change at the federal level - the last Emergency Allotment will be issued in March 2023. Learn More
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    Youth Job Corps helps job seekers 16 to 30 years old with employment readiness and paid internships

    The new Youth Job Corps program is open to anyone from 16 to 30 years old. The program will help you build your resume while addressing our community's urgent needs, and will provide a paycheck while you participate! Learn More
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    Apply For Or Manage Your Benefits Online At BenefitsCal.Com is a new website for customers to apply for and manage their food, cash aid, and medical benefits. The site has replaced the C4Yourself website and mobile app. Learn More

Mission Statement

The mission for Public Assistance under the Department of Social Services (DSS) is opening doors, building community, and being of service to County citizens needing social, eligibility, or employment and training services.