Unemployment Assistance for the Unemployed

There is unemployment assistance being provided by different state agencies and non-profit organizations for the unemployed. With California's unemployment rate at 11.3% as of Dec. 2011, it is important that everyone knows about these resources.

As of January 9, 2012, there have been more than 599,000 unemployed workers in California who have run out of all available benefits, up to the 99 week maximum.

Unemployed individuals may be eligible for help to meet basic needs as well as other services such as health care, counseling, employment and training assistance.

Listed below are some resources available to help the unemployed especially those whose unemployment benefits had run out.


  • California Work Opportunities & Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)Cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, who have little or no assets or income. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/calworks or http://www.c4yourself.com

  • General Assistance or General Relief Loans or grants are available for adults without children who have little or no assets or income. http://www.cwda.org/links/chsa.php

  • CalFresh Food Stamp Program) The Food Stamp Program helps low-income people buy nutritious food at most grocery stores and some farmer’s markets. http://www.c4yourself.com / 1-877-847-3663

  • Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) & Local Food Banks In California, federal, state and local community organizations coordinate to ensure that groceries are available at local food banks. http://www.cafoodbanks.org

  • Free Summer Lunch Programs Free lunches are available to all children under 18, regardless of income, every summer. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/summersites10.asp

  • School Meals Free & reduced-price breakfast & lunch at public schools when in session.

  • Women Infants and Children (WIC) Pregnant women & children under 6 receive nutrition support at WIC. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks / 1-888-942-9675

  • MEDICAL CARE & HEALTHCARE COVERAGE Medi-Cal Pays for health care for certain low- and medium-income people. Apply at: http://www.cwda.org/links/chsa.php or http://www.c4yourself.com

  • County Health Program Counties offer health care for low-income people not eligible for other help. http://www.cwda.org/links/chsa.php or http://www.c4yourself.com

  • Community Health Clinics California Primary Care Association can help you find a community clinic. http://www.cpca.org/resources/findclinic

    California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Resources:

  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program - Offers low-income consumers a 20 percent discount on energy bills.
  • Make a Payment Plan - Provides assistance in negotiating a more affordable payment to utility companies if a customer has trouble paying the energy, telephone, or water bill. Assistance Paying Your Bills/ Some utilities have emergency payment assistance programs for their customers.
  • Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program - The FERA Program provides assistance to families with slightly higher incomes. FERA is available for customers of Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
  • Energy Savings Assistance Program - This program provides no-cost weatherization services for low-income households who meet the CARE income guidelines.
  • California LifeLine Program - This program provides a discount for landline service and unlimited local incoming and outgoing calls.

    These organizations can help you meet your family's basic needs until you can find employment and you can get back on your feet.

    For those outside of California, please go to your state's website and see if your state offers similar programs being offered by California.

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