CalFresh

The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to supplement their nutritional needs.

 

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits on a card that works just like a debit card and can be used to buy most foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets.  

 

The amount of CalFresh benefits you are entitled to will depend on the number of eligible people in your household and how much monthly income is left after certain expenses (deductions) are subtracted. A CalFresh household is a group of people who live together, related or not, who buy food and prepare meals together and whose members meet the eligibility requirements and are approved for benefits.

 

Eligibility Factors

 

·      U.S. Citizenship,

·      Legal Immigrants who:

·   Have lived in the U.S. for at least five (5) years, or

·   Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of entry date, or

·   Are children under 18 years of age regardless of entry date.

·      California Residency

·      Not currently receiving SSI/SSP benefits

·      Student Status

 

Verification Needed to Get More CalFresh Benefits

 

·   Allowable deductions such as: shelter, utilities, out of pocket medical expenses, court ordered child support payments, and child care expenses.

·      Standard Utility Allowance (heating and cooling costs- electricity bill, receipts for propane or wood).

·      Shelter (rent receipts, mortgage bills, property tax bill, and insurance receipts),

·      Limited Utility Allowance – A household that does not qualify for the Standard Utility Allowance, but incurs expenses for at least two separate utilities other than heating and cooling is eligible for a Limited Utility Allowance (water, sewage, and garbage disposal receipts).

·      Telephone Utility Allowance for a household that is not eligible for the Standard Utility Allowance or the Limited Utility Allowance but incurs a telephone expense, or an expense for an equivalent form of communication is eligible to receive a Telephone          Utility Allowance.

• Medical expenses for anyone in your household who is elderly (60 and older) or disabled and the out of pocket expense is not covered by medical insurance.

• Child care needed while you work

• Child support paid by a person in your household.

 

Items that will not count against your eligibility

 

·   Resources for household’s with person’s under 18 or over 60 do not count

·   Owning or buying your home

·   Owning or buying a vehicle

 

Expedited Service

 

You may be able to get CalFresh benefits within 3 calendar days (Saturday and Sunday are considered 1 day). Households that qualify for expedited service go through the same application forms as all other clients, but not all information has to be verified before benefits are issued. Households may qualify for expedited service if they are experiencing one of the following eligibility factors;

·         Your household’s monthly gross income (income before deductions) is less than $150 and your cash on hand or in checking or savings accounts is not more than $100; or

·         Your household’s housing costs (rent/mortgage and utilities) are more than your monthly gross income and money in checking or savings; or

·         You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker household with less than $100 in checking or savings and 1) your income stopped, or 2) your income has started but you do not expect to get more than $25 in the next 10 days.

 

Households with members who are age 60 and older or who have a disability

 

·         Can deduct the full amount of excess shelter costs,

·         Home visits may be conducted when phone interviews are not possible,

·         Income earned through Senior Community Service Employment Program or Payments to Volunteers under Title II of the Domestic Volunteer Services Act, including payments from Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP), Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Programs are not counted as income.

·         The total amount paid for child or adult care, of an eligible household member, paid by the eligible household member can be deducted when the expense is necessary so that household member can: accept or continue employment, seek employment, pursue education or training that is preparatory to employment (connected to Welfare-to-Work activities).

·         Households with at least one household member who is elderly, aged 60 or older, or disabled as defined by CalFresh regulations, can deduct that member’s non-reimbursed medical expenses over $35. Only medical expenses that the household paid out of pocket can be deducted. Expenses that are covered by Medi-Cal or other public or private medical insurance cannot be deducted.

 

 

Apply Online:

Visit C4Yourself.com to apply.  

 

C4Yourself is an online application system that allows you to apply for benefits. Once you create an account you can apply for benefits, open saved applications, check messages, view forms, check benefits, and view things to do.

 

In Person:

 

·         Applications are available and accepted during our regular business hours

·         8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

·         Monday through Friday

·         Located at 880 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City

You can request an application be mailed to you by calling 707- 464 -3191 during regular business hours. You will be sent a letter with the time and date of your telephone interview. You can request a face-to-face interview if preferred. Your application will not be processed until it is completed and returned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.   Do I have to be on Public Assistance to be eligible to receive CalFresh?

No. Many recipients of CalFresh are employed, elderly or disabled who need assistance purchasing nutritional food.

 

2.   How long does it take to receive CalFresh benefits?

If you qualify for CalFresh you will receive benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application.

 

3.   I’m a single adult without dependents; can I apply for CalFresh benefits?

Yes.

 

4.   What if I have a bank account?

Liquid resources such as cash, checking and savings accounts are not counted in the CalFresh Program.

 

5.   What if I’m disabled, and am unable to cook for myself?

Disabled or elderly individuals may have others assist them with cooking when needed.

 

6.   What if I am an adult who lives with my parents?

If you are under 22 years of age, your parents and their income must be included in the CalFresh household, including step-parents or adoptive parents. If you are over 22 years of age, living with your parents and have customarily purchased and prepared your food separate from your parents you may apply for yourself without including your parents.

 

7.   If I have a special diet such as those for high blood pressure or diabetes, may I apply separately from the rest of the household?

Yes, if you provide a sworn statement to that effect.

 

8.   What if I receive food from monthly food banks?

You may receive CalFresh and also obtain food from food banks as well as occasional food bank gift baskets.

 

9.   If I receive monthly food commodities from a Tribe can I also receive CalFresh?

No, you may receive one or the other.