General Assistance

WE ARE NAPA COUNTY

Self Sufficiency Services Health and Human Services Agency

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Introduction

The General Assistance (GA) program provides assistance for all eligible low-income residents of Napa County who are unemployed or unable to work. We provide short-term financial assistance, in the form of a loan for adults without children that will help an individual to either find employment or obtain support from another source.

Are You Eligible for the GA Program?

Minimum Age - You must be at least 18 years old to apply for/receive assistance, unless you are a legally emancipated minor.
Deprivation - You must be unemployed, employed with income less than the grant level or unable to work due to a proven physical, mental health, or functional disability.
If you are unemployed, you must participate in a program designed to help you prepare for and obtain employment.

If you are unable to work because of a disability, you must:

• Cooperate in obtaining medical verification of your disability, and
• Apply for Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) and/or other disability benefits that the program department considers appropriate.

Residence - You must be:
• Physically present in Napa County (even if you are homeless),
• Intend to remain in Napa County, and
• A United States Citizen, national, or permanent non-citizen alien.

Property Maximum Limits - You must not have more than the following maximum limits: 
Real Property
• $5,000 equity in real property used as a home.

Personal Property
• Stocks, bonds, and other forms of personal property must not exceed a cash or market value of $500 of which no more than $100 shall be in cash or liquid assets.
• The total net market value of any vehicles you own should not exceed $1.500. Any excess above the $1,500 will count

Requirements

Income - Any income you have is considered in determining the grant amount you may receive. You will be required to apply for any income or public assistance program that you may be eligible for. (For example, if you are unemployed, you will be required to apply for unemployment benefits.)

 

If You Are Eligible, What Might You Receive?

GA benefits are provided in the form of vouchers. The amount of GA that you can receive would depend on things such as your needs and income. Your Eligibility Worker will go over how much you will be eligible for. 

How Do I apply?

For GA, you must apply in person at:
2261 Elm Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-4511 

How does the GA loan process work?

When you apply for GA you will be required to sign a repayment agreement. This is an agreement stating you agree to repay any GA assistance that you receive. Once you are no longer receiving GA, you will receive a bill in the mail for the entire amount of GA you received. If you are unable to pay the amount in full, contact our office at either 707-253-4696 or 707-253-4644 and we will set up a payment plan that meets your needs.
If you receive GA while waiting for SSI/SSP benefits to be approved, you will sign a repayment agreement that allows the County to collect any assistance issued from the initial SSI lump sum payment.