General Assistance

General Assistance

General Assistance (GA) is a basic needs loan program. It is designed to meet the needs of the County’s indigent resident’s who are not eligible to other aid programs. GA must be paid back.

  • Rent is paid to the property owner or designated payee.
  • Personal needs voucher is provided to help with personal needs to buy hygiene, household and food products.
  • Travel Assistance if willing but need help to return to a former residence.
  • You must be a citizen of the US or legal resident.
  • You need to be a resident of San Joaquin County and 18 years of age or older. If under 18, you must be married to someone 18 or older
  • Employable recipients are required to actively look for work by completing a job search monthly.
  • Employable recipients are required to work at a County assigned Work Project site which is credited towards their GA payment.

San Joaquin County Human Services Agency
333 E. Washington Street
Stockton, CA 95202

  • Application appointments are available on a first come first serve basis Monday-Friday.
  • GA clients are given an orientation, application and appointment to be seen the next business day.
  • At the orientation, clients are asked what additional programs they want to apply for. Clients are given a packet to return the next day for the face to face interview.
  • The face to face interview is conducted and benefits may be issued the same day.

Documents to bring for your interview

  • Proof of your identity ( Driver’s license , state identification card, birth certificate)
  • Social security card or document with the number on it
  • Parole card
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of income (wage stubs, unemployment , social security)
  • Proof of property (vehicle registration)