The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is dedicated to providing assistance, protection, and support to those in need. Their mission is to strengthen and preserve families, promote personal responsibility, and foster independence. The CDSS offers a variety of services to help those in need. For example, they provide safety tips for those who use Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to receive food and cash assistance.
They also offer rent and utility assistance through the COVID-19 rent relief program for those who meet the income requirements and their landlords who have been affected by the pandemic. Additionally, they encourage people to consult with one of the many state-funded organizations that provide legal services to immigrants. If you think your benefits have been stolen, it is important to take action right away. You should call the customer service phone number on the back of your EBT card (87) 328-9677 or contact your county's social services agency. The CDSS works in partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and the California Community Foundation to manage funds authorized by Senate Bill 115 (SB 11). These funds are used to support outreach through community organizations.