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Human Services Department

Employment & Training Division

General Assistance - Cash Aid for Individuals

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Help meeting your basic needs

General Assistance provides temporary cash assistance for individuals who have little or no money. It can be approved for up to 90 days in a 12-month period, and possibly longer for people with disabilities. 

Who may be eligible for General Assistance

  • Residents of Sonoma County for at least 15 days
  • U.S. citizens or those approved as Lawful Permanent Residents 
  • Adults age 18 or older
  • Married couples under age 18
  • Minors ineligible for other aid

We will review to see if:

  • You meet the income and resource limits of the program, including:
    • Reviewing any money received 
    • Cash and bank balances of $50 or less
    • Personal property of $500 or less
    • One vehicle (or two vehicles) with total value of less than $3000. Any vehicle used as a home is not counted.

You may qualify for SonomaWORKS instead if:

  • You are pregnant
  • Are caring for a child under 18

Services you may receive can include:

  • A monthly cash grant for General Assistance, paid on an EBT card, to help pay for essentials such as food, personal items, or transportation
  • Payment to a landlord for rent
  • Payment towards utilities
  • CalFresh and Medi-Cal, if eligible
  • Assistance through Job Link to prepare for and find a job
  • Help with applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

How to apply


In Person: SonomaWORKS/Job Link office, 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Hours to apply: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Phone: (707) 565-5500

Other locations to request an application