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, disability, unemployment insurance, housing assistance (“Section 8”), and workers’ compensation. Each program is run by a different government agency, and has its own requirements, forms, and procedures.
515 12th Street
Housing (landlord-tenant disputes) and public benefits issues (CalWorks, CalFresh (food stamps), Medi-Cal, General Assistance (GA), Social Security, SSI, unemployment insurance benefits (UIB), and state disability insurance (SDI)).
505 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Legal Services of Northern California
HICAP Services of Northern California offers the following free basic services: Counseling and Advocacy, Legal Representation and Referral Services, and Community Education. Our services are available to residents in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties regardless of income or age.
Voluntary Legal Services Program
The Employment Law Clinic is held approximately twice a month on Tuesday evenings, by appointment only. Assistance with denial of unemployment insurance benefits, wage and hour issues, discrimination or sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. No Worker’s Comp, pension, or severance issues.
Call for more information and eligibility screening. No walk-ins.
Eligibility: Must be low income. Must have legal Immigration status
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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