Social Services




  1. California Department of Social Services (CDSS): The state agency responsible for administering social services programs.


  1. Department of Public Social Services (DPSS): DPSS helps low-income families and individuals with a variety of social services.


  1. CalWORKs: California's welfare-to-work program that provides temporary financial assistance and employment services to low-income families.


  1. Employment Development Department (EDD): California’s largest state department that connects job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy.


  1. CalFresh: California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food assistance to eligible individuals and families.


  1. Every Woman Counts: Every Woman Counts (EWC) provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations.


  1. Medi-Cal: California's Medicaid program, which offers healthcare coverage to low-income individuals and families.


  1. Covered California: Health plan that provides financial help to pay for health insurance.


  1. Kick It California: A free program that helps Californians kick smoking, vaping, and smokeless tobacco with the help of proven, science-based strategies.


  1. Medical Board of California: Protects health care consumers and prevents harm by enforcing the Medical Practice Act, and promotes access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing, policy, and regulatory functions.


  1. California State Board of Pharmacy: The Board of Pharmacy protects and promotes the health and safety of Californians by pursuing the highest quality of pharmacist’s care and the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals through education, communication, licensing, legislation, regulation, and enforcement.


  1. Child Welfare Protection: Responsible for the analysis, development and implementation of statewide policies and procedures, regulations and intervention strategies related to child protection and early intervention.


  1. California Department of Aging (CDA): The CDA provides resources and support for older adults and their families.


  1. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home.


  1. California Department of Developmental Services (DDS): The DDS offers services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities.


  1. Los Angeles County Homeless Access Centers Directory


  1. Stay Housed L.A.: Resources you need to know your rights.


  1. Haven Hills: This organization provides safety, shelter and support to domestic violence survivors. Get help through their 24/7 Crisis Line at 818-887-6589.


  1. 211 California: Dialing 211 or visiting the 211 website can connect you to a wide range of social services and resources available in your area.


  1. CA vs Hate: Californians can visit or call 833-8-NO-HATE for resources and to report acts of hate.


  1. Los Angeles LGBT Center: This organization offers health, social services and housing, culture and education, leadership and advocacy programs for the LGBTQ+ community.


  1. The official benefits website of the U.S. government that offers citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government.