Economic Assistance Division

Low-income, other individuals and families with children can apply for money for food (CalFresh), health care (Medi-Cal, CMSP, Covered California), General Assistance (financial aid) and other supportive services. Also eligible for benefits are disabled or unemployed persons, and children in foster homes and former foster youth.

Enrollment for CalFresh and Medi-Cal is year-round.

Open enrollment for Covered California is closed. However, outside the open enrollment period, life changes (such as marriage or the birth of a child) may make you eligible for Covered California immediately.

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Benefits CalWIN: Apply Online!

Apply online for CalFresh, Medi-Cal and Covered California from any computer, 24/7, through the Benefits CalWIN website. If you already have benefits, you can check your benefits online, change your status, address or other information. Computers are available at the Economic Assistance office. Enrollment for CalFresh and Medi-Cal is year-round. Open enrollment for Covered California starts in October 2016.

Medi-Cal, Covered California and CMSP (County Medical Services Program)

2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa (to apply in person)
520 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa (for ongoing clients, forms and general information)
(877) 699-6868 | Fax: (707) 565-5252

Pays for eligible medical, dental and emergency services, and prescriptions for low-income families, individuals and children. Certain applicants may qualify for free Medi-Cal benefits under special programs. Apply online, by phone or in-person.

To apply for Covered California health insurance, open enrollment starts October 2016. If you've had a life event that may change your eligibility for Covered California (marriage, birth of a child, etc.), you may apply anytime online, by phone or in-person. Some who request Covered California find they are eligible for no-cost health care through Medi-Cal. Click to learn more about Covered California.

Renew your Medi-Cal Benefits:

Download the Medi-Cal renewal form to your computer to renew your benefits. Please print and mail the completed forms to:

Sonoma County Human Services Department
Medi-Cal Renewal
PO BOX 1539
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps)

2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa, CA
(877) 699-6868| Fax: (707) 565-5252

Provides money to purchase nutritious food for eligible, low-income household,  including those who work for low wages, work part-time, are unemployed, elderly or disabled. Most grocery stores and many farmer's markets accept CalFresh EBT cards. Apply online, by phone or in-person.

Click on these links to:

Current CalFresh clients: click here to check your CalFresh fund balance or replace a lost EBT card.

For other helpful links, visit

General Assistance

2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa, CA (Apply in-person)
(877) 699-6868 to make an appointment

Provides assistance with shelter, food and employment services for individuals who are disabled or unemployed and not supported financially by friends, family or any private or public assistance program. 

Public Notice

Never provide personal information to callers claiming to be from the SNAP toll-free information hotline number. Unsolicited callers request personal, credit card or home security information, saying they can assist you to apply for SNAP or other non-SNAP related services. These callers are not affiliated with FNS or SNAP.

If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls from (800) 221-5689, you may file a complaint with the FCC.

If you have fallen victim to this or a similar identity theft scam, visit Federal Trade Commission/Consumer Information.

Contact Information

Economic Assistance
Human Services Department
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2550 Paulin Drive (Main Office)

520 Mendocino Avenue
South County Center, 5350 Old Redwood Highway, #100, Petaluma

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465026, -122.721484


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