How can we help you?

The Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services offers programs to help people maintain their health, improve their economic security, and protect their safety. How can we help you?




Health coverage

  • Medi-Cal provides free or low-cost health coverage for households with low incomes.
  • Covered California offers affordable health insurance. (We don't run this program, but we can help you apply.)



Food aid

  • CalFresh helps you buy food, with a card that works like a debit card at the grocery checkout.
  • We can provide referrals to other community food resources too.



Cash aid

  • CalWORKs provides families with temporary cash aid and Welfare to Work services.
  • General Relief provides individuals with temporary cash aid, and job services or SSI advocacy.



Job services



Child services



Adult services