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Understanding General Relief
Entendiendo la Ayuda General (español)


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What is General Relief?
The General Relief program aids indigent adults who are legal residents of Ventura County and have no other means of support. It is a State-mandated program that is administered locally and funded by the County of Ventura.

Who is eligible for General Relief?
Factors used to determine eligibility and benefits for the General Relief program include: income, identification, property, citizenship/immigration status, age, and residency. Property and income from any source are considered to determine eligibility and benefits for the General Relief program. Income must be within the allowable income limits, property value cannot exceed $1,000, and liquid resources (cash on hand, checking/saving accounts, stocks, etc.) cannot be over $100. An assessment is conducted to determine if the client is able to work. Certain activities will be required based on an individual’s situation.

How do I apply for General Relief?
To apply, contact the Community Service Center nearest to you, you must apply in person.  For office locations and telephone numbers, click here. Once you apply, you will be given an appointment and asked to attend an orientation, as well as an interview to discuss your situation and need for General Relief. See more on General Relief – How to Apply

How does a person keep her/his General Relief?
To continue receiving General Relief, you must comply with required activities and maintain appointments. Additionally, you must notify your General Relief worker within five (5) days when there are changes to your situation, such as changes to your housing, living arrangements, employment, income, or property.

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