General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    2135 Fresno Street, Suite 100
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • DSS IVR System (Case Info):
    (559) 600-1DSS (1377) or toll-free 1 (877) 600-1377. To speak to a worker, call 1-855-832-8082 between 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Child Protective Services Hotline:
    (559) 255-8320 and / or (559) 266-2463 Fax Number
  • Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services Hotline:
    1 (800) 418-1426 or (559) 600-3383 or (559) 230-1976 (Fax Number)
  • Email Department

General Relief

Our Location: E Street Building - 1209 E Street, Fresno, CA 93706
Phone: (559) 600-2650 

General Relief is a County funded program that provides cash or in-kind services to needy individuals and families who are not eligible for assistance under any other categorical aid program. Grants are intended to cover the costs of food, shelter, personal needs and other living expenses.

Who Is Eligible? Group of people

General Relief recipients must be at least 18 years of age unless they are:  

  • A court approved emancipated minor
  • A legally married, childless minor couple
  • A childless, one time legally married but separated or divorced minor

To qualify, applicants must be unemployed, incapacitated, or pending receipt of SSI.

Work Requirements

All employable General Relief applicants and recipients must be available for, and actively seeking, full time employment. Strikers and daytime students are not eligible for General Relief.

General Relief Payment Schedule

Effective 07-01-11

Number in FBU

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Housing*

124

163

181

185

187

188

190

207

214

231

Utilities*

25

28

34

35

35

35

35

35

35

35

Food

58

141

187

237

289

343

389

419

443

472

Clothing

21

39

56

73

90

107

124

140

167

179

Personal Needs

15

24

30

37

45

50

55

60

70

80

Household Operation

2

5

7

17

25

30

35

40

45

50

Maximum Payable

$245

$400

$495

$584

$671

$753

$828

$901

$974

$1047


*Transferable needs
Add $14 per additional person 
Board and Care $20 personal needs per person per month 
Skilled Nursing $35 personal needs per month

General Relief Resource Limits
 
  •  Personal Property including bank accounts, may not exceed $1,000
  • Real Property, other than the home, may not exceed $3,500
  • Motor Vehicles: The net market value of a motor vehicle shall not exceed $1,500
  • Any amount in excess of the $1,500 limit will be included in the personal property limit