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Californian General Assistance Program: Am I Eligible?

Calirfornia's General Assistance (PHOTO: LiveAbout)

The past year was not easy for the residents of the U.S. from middle and low-income households in America. It was marred by supply chain issues, drastically increasing the prices of commodities. 


California’s General Assistance (PHOTO: MARCA)

As residents across the country struggled to cope with the price increases, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Russian oil imports sent the economy into a descent, with gas prices reaching record highs in the following months.

California was one of the worst hits, with the average price of a gallon of gas exceeding $6, making it the most expensive state to fill up your car.

With inflation reaching 40-year highs, the Federal Reserve intervened with a series of interest rate increases, which somehow lessened the impact of the inflation rate. While gas prices continue to fall, America remains in a cost-of-living crisis, with interest rate hikes now putting the economy on the verge of a recession.

Given the current state of affairs, many residents have turned to welfare programs to help them meet their basic daily costs. The General Assistance program is one of California’s lesser-known schemes. 

What is General Assistance?

General Assistance is a program in California that provides cash assistance to underprivileged adults and emancipated minors who cannot sustain themselves financially and reside in Almeda County. 

It’s important to remember that GA isn’t a welfare program, and the amount given to eligible individuals is classified as a loan.

The maximum allowance under the GA scheme is $336 per month for single individuals and $548 per month for couples. People who are eligible for the program can take advantage of it. This may not be much, but it helps alleviate their financial crisis.

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