Employment and Benefit Services Division

Assistance Programs provide benefits to low-income adults and families. Staff works with clients to determine eligibility for assistance and provide referrals for related services.

Immigration and DACA Resources

Find answers to questions regarding public benefits and immigration.

Electronic Benefit Cards - EBT

Check your account balance, find retailers and free ATM locations at www.ebt.ca.gov.

Apply For Or Manage Your Benefits

Our Benefit Representatives will assist you to obtain the benefits and coverage for which you are eligible.

Apply for or manage existing benefits easily online!

Learn how to apply for new benefits or manage your existing benefits online:

  • Create a New BenefitsCal Account before you apply for or manage existing benefits online, then
  • Apply for or manage existing CalFresh, CalWORKs or Medi-Cal benefits at BenefitsCal 

Don't want to apply for or access your benefits online? You can also:

  • Call us toll free 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1 (888) 421-8080 or
  • Mail your application to one of our Customer Service Centers or
  • Fax your application to 1 (831) 786-7100

Customer Service Center Locations

  • 1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz
  • 500 Westridge Drive, Watsonville
  • Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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