The phrase “public benefits” encompasses a wide variety of government programs that provide financial and other assistance to the public. Commonly used benefit programs include Social Security, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Each program is run by a different government agency, and has its own requirements, forms, and procedures.
Voluntary Legal Services Program
6:00 p.m. Thursday evenings, by appointment only. Advice on most aspects of employment law issues, except pension and worker’s compensation matters. Advice on how to address wrongful termination or employment discrimination issues, but no assistance with litigating these types of cases.
Eligibility: Must be low income. Must have legal Immigration status
515 12th Street
Call at 8:30 a.m. for same-day appointment. Assistance for workers whose unemployment claims have been denied.
A free, comprehensive, multilingual information and referral service with a database of more than 1,600 local community and public services. Information and referral specialists are available by phone 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and can assist callers by providing appropriate referrals for services needed. Serves as the designated Senior Information and Assistance program in Sacramento County and is a member of the Sacramento Region VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Links hundreds of callers to free income tax preparation sites each year.
160 Promenade Circle, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95834-2962
916-928-3158 (recorded info line: 800-736-7401)
Monthly workshops on workers’ rights and workers’ compensation procedures; individual advice available.
Most public benefit agencies have forms on their websites. Find their websites using these directories.
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