Public Assistance

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Public Assistance Division  

"Partnering with our community we administer programs to Assist, Empower and Protect the residence of Colusa County.


CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption and can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. If you are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food that you and your family needs, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you.


The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program offers temporary cash aid, employment services and health insurance to eligible families who have children under age 19. This is California’s version of the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

Fraud Prevention

How to report fraud in Colusa County within the county’s Health and Human Services.

General Assistance (GA)

General Assistance is a program administered by the Colusa County Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS") to needy residents of Colusa County who are not supported by their own means, by relatives or friends, by a federal, state or county hospital or correctional facility, or by other public or private sources.

Health Care

Department of Health and Human Services administers the following Health Care programs for Colusa county residence:

  • MediCal
  • CMSP
  • Covered California (Affordable Care Act)

Housing Assistance Programs

Depending on funding our department administers several Homeless Programs.Please see the above link for more information.

Indigent Cremation 

Colusa County is authorized under the California Health and Safety Code, §7100 and §7300, and the Welfare and Institutions Code §17009, to provide for the cremation of indigent persons in Colusa County or assistance to the decedent’s next-of-kin in covering the costs of cremation when next-of-kin are unable to provide for such.

Welfare to Work (WTW)

Participation in the Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Program is required for all employable CalWORKs recipients. The goal is to assist parents to obtain employment through job readiness and job search activities and other employment-directed activities. Supportive services, such as childcare, transportation payments and/or work related expenses, are available to those who participate in WTW

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