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Staff Report
8:47 am PST December 4, 2018

Los Angeles County residents who have been impacted by the Woolsey Fire may be eligible to receive one month worth of Disaster CalFresh food assistance, but the time to apply is running out. Households are invited to apply for assistance between Dec. 3-7.

A family of four with a monthly income up to $2,755 per month could receive up to $640 in food assistance through California’s Disaster CalFresh program, according to a Nov. 29 press release from The California Department of Social Services.

Benefits — which are provided through an Electronic Benefits Transfer card that can be used at grocery stores and other authorized retailers — are typically available within three days of applying.

Wildfire victims may apply for CalFresh disaster food assistance in-person at local social service agency offices in Los Angeles County.

Individuals and families who lived or worked in the LA County zip codes of 90263, 90264, 90265, 90290, 91012, 91301, 91302, 91304, 91307, 91311, 91361, 91362 and 91372 may be eligible.

The following circumstances are grounds for eligibility: damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business; loss or inaccessibility of income, including a reduction or termination of earned income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster related problems; or disaster-related expenses (e.g. home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.

Households already participating in CalFresh are not eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food assistance, but may be eligible to receive supplemental benefits based on their household size. Households already participating in CalFresh may contact their local social service agency to request supplemental benefits by phone or in person. Some households already participating in CalFresh may also automatically receive supplemental benefits based on the direct impact, such as mandatory evacuations, of the wildfires in their community.

For more information, call (562) 776-7001 or visit www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center.

News Briefs are compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin, lauren@malibusurfsidenews.com.