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General Assistance
Tel: 1-877-962-3633

Information: A government cash loan assistance program fr adults who have no income. Loans range between $147 and $337 per month to a person, depending on expenses. GA can also loan $929 per month for a state licensed Board and Care home. Apply in person at one of the above addresses.

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
 1919 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112/ Tel: 1-408-758-3106
Address: 379 Tompkins Court, Gilory,  CA 95020/ Tel: 1-408-758-3450

Information: Basic Eligibility Rules for CAPI

  1. Successfully complete the application process, which is begun by filing an application in county welfare department offices.
  2. Meet all other SSI/SSP eligibility criteria except for immigration status
    • Be aged, blind, or disabled,
    • Be a resident of California,
    • Have resources below the allowable limits of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple, and
    • Have income less than the CAPI standards
  3. Be a non-citizen and meet the immigration status criteria in effect for SSI/SSP as of 8/21/96.
  4. Be ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to immigration status. This means a CAPI applicant must apply for SSI/SSP, or submit other proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.

Amount of Benefits: CAPI payment amounts vary depending on a person’s marital status, living arrangements and other income. CAPI payment standards are $10 less than SSI/SSP payment standards ($20 for a couple). Current information regarding SSI/SSP payment standards in California and SSI/SSP eligibility information can be obtained by calling the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1 (800) 772-1213 or by contacting your local SSA office.

CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids)
 1919 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112/ Tel: 1-408-758-3106
379 Tompkins Court, Gilory,  CA 95020/ Tel: 1-408-758-3450
100 Moffett Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043 / Tel: 1-408-758-3450

Information: CalWORKs is a welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.

The amount of a family’s monthly assistance payment depends on a number of factors, including the number of people who are eligible and the special needs of any of those family members. The income of the family is considered in calculating the amount of cash aid the family receives.


Disability Benefits, Social Security, and Family Leave

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Tel: 1-866-487-9243

Information: Basic Leave Entitlement

FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for the following reasons:

  • for incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth;
  • to care for the employee’s child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care;
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
  • for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee’s job.

Paid Family Leave Benefits (PFL)
Tel: 1-877-238-4373

Information: PFL provides benefits to eligible workers who suffer a loss of wages when they need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child. To learn more about SDI, visit About the SDI Program.

Social Security Benefit, Income Disability and Retirement and Medicare 
1-800-772-1213/ TTY: 1-800-325-0778

Information: Provides continuing income to workers and their families after retirement, disability or death. Offers medicare for people 65 or over and some people under 65 who are disabled. Also offers supplemental security income (SSI) to those in financial need who are 65 or over, or those who are blind or disabled. They also issue social security cards. Call to apply. Local offices below:

Campbell: 770 W. Hamilton Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Downtown San Jose: 
280 South First Street Rm 244, San Jose, CA 
East San Jose: 
2500 Fontaine Road, San Jose, CA 95121
South San Jose:
6140 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123
Mountain View:
700 East El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
1059 First Street, Gilory, CA 95020

Disability Advocates
Mel Irvin:

Information: A disability claims advocate who helps people to apply for social security disability/SSI.

Angelina Valle, Esq.1-408-881-0200
Cynthia Starkey Esq.: 
Dan Qui Do, Esq.:
Nancy McCombs:
Terry LaPorte, Esq.:


Credit, Debt Services, and Bankruptcy 

Debtor’s Right Legal Clinics
Pro-Bono Project        Tel: 1-408-998-5298
Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center     Tel:

Annual Credit Report Request Service
PO Box 105283 Atlanta, GA 30348-5283

Information: Obtain your free credit report for free up to three each year.

Credit Karma

Information: A private company that provides online free credit scores, free credit reports, and free credit monitoring.

SurePath Financial Solutions
1190 South Bascom Avenue Suite 208, San Jose, CA 95128

Information: Non-profit agency providing free or low cost credit counseling, credit report reviews, foreclosure solutions, debt solver program, bankruptcy counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, etc.

Move Your Money Project

Information: Find local banks and credit unions in your area. Putting your money in local banks and credit unions helps to fund local jobs and house projects. 

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