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What We Do

The Alameda County Social Services Agency is comprised of 2,200 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations to serve the needs of the community.

Services are provided through four departments: Agency Administration; Adult, Aging, and Medi-Cal Services; Children and Family Services; and Workforce and Benefit Administration.

The Agency assists approximately 11.3 percent of Alameda County's residents. Benefits programs contribute over $278 million to the local economy through cash assistance and CalFresh. Every month, more than 52,000 people receive CalWORKs (assistance for families with children), CalFresh and General Assistance. Every month health insurance is made available to more than 78,000 people through the Medi-Cal program.

For further information regarding applications for CalWORKs, General Assistance, CalFresh and Medi-Cal see the attached brochure, Applying for Benefits(Spanish).

Every month more than 11,000 frail, elderly and disabled individuals receive in-home care, adult protection and support managing their affairs and throughout the year 16,000 seniors will receive services through the Area Agency on Aging. 3,700 children are in foster care. More than 1,600 reports of child abuse or neglect are filed with SSA each month. Emergency shelter is made available to 415 people nightly.




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