Californians Facing End of Federal Jobless Benefits Still Have Options



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 30, 2013

Jessica Bartholow is with the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She said people whose unemployment benefits have run out can apply for food stamps at county offices. She said the neediest families can apply for CalWORKs, which is the state’s welfare program.

“In the state of California you can access somebody who can help you connect to resources in your community to help pay your utilities, or to help get food," said Bartholow.

But, Bartholow said, only families with less than $2,000 in assets qualify for CalWORKs. She warns that homelessness could increase among the long-term unemployed who don’t qualify for assistance.

The state Employment Development Department and the Department of Social Services’ websites have information and referrals to services for the long-term jobless.

Information on services is also available by dialing 211.

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