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Helping adults, children and families of Fresno County achieve health, safety and self-sufficiency.

DSS assists individuals and families with food, Medi-Cal, emergency cash, job training, housing and other services.


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How to apply for assistance programs (CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, General Relief)

  • Online

To apply for services or access your case online, please visit

  • Download an application:



Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) Application ONLY:  SOC 814

  • Mail applications to:

DSS Service Center
PO Box 1912
Fresno, CA 93718

  • Fax applications to:

(559) 600-7706 


Information about your case

Automated information about your Cash, Food, or Medi-Cal case:

Get answers to your most frequently asked questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our automated system toll free at: 1 (877) 600-1377

Access your case information and upload documents online at 

If you need to speak to a worker, simply call (559) 600-1377 or toll free 1-855-832-8082 between 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and any worker who answers the phone will be able to assist you.


Unemployment Benefit Recipients

The Fresno County Department of Social Services would like to remind the community that if you are in receipt of unemployment benefits you may still be eligible to CalWORKs, CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal.  Additionally, CalWORKs applicants could be eligible to the Diversion program.  For more information on this program, you can ask your worker during your interview as this could assist you in solving a current need or an emergency situation to obtain or maintain employment without long-term assistance.


  • You may contact our call center Mon-Fri from 7:30am-3:30pm at 1-855-832-8082 or visit one of our offices
  • Lobby services in Clovis and Regional areas include: Self Service and Scheduled EBT/Emergency BIC


Assistance Program Information

Assistance Programs

Please visit our Assistance programs page for Program specific information here