Social Services

Social Services programs focus on the safety of vulnerable children, youth and adults, and assist families and individuals in their journey toward self-sufficiency.

We accomplish these goals by:
  • Ensuring that basic human needs of families and individuals are met, including sufficient food and health care coverage
  • Providing services so that children and youth are able to live in safe, nurturing and permanent homes
  • Assisting youth in meeting their own goals as they move into adulthood
  • Helping individuals enter or reenter the workforce
  • Working with dependent adults and elders to mitigate risk and ensure their own safety
  • Providing supports for individuals who can no longer meet their own needs or are unable to make their own decisions
  • Assisting veterans and their families in obtaining benefits earned through their service to our country
  • Prioritizing good customer service.
We meet individuals and families where they are. We are people helping people live better lives.
  1. Veterans Service Office

    The Humboldt County Veterans Service Office assists veterans, their dependents and survivors, and the general public in obtaining benefits from federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for veterans.

  2. Public Guardian Office

    The Public Guardian Office serves as Conservator for persons with various types of impairments.

  3. CalFresh

    Formerly called food stamps, CalFresh provides eligible households with an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card that works just like a debit card and can be used at most grocery stores and farmers markets to ensure access to healthy foods.

  4. CalWORKs

    CalWORKs provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below state maximum limits for their family size.

  5. Welfare-to-Work

    Welfare-to-Work is a program within CalWORKs that assists families in becoming self-sufficient through employment.

  6. Employment Training

    The Employment Training Division provides a comprehensive range of workforce preparation activities benefiting job seekers, laid-off workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, and employers.

  7. Medi-Cal

    The state Medi-Cal Program is administered through the county Department of Health and Human Services, Social Services Branch. Medi-Cal serves low-income individuals and families.

  8. General Relief

    The General Relief Program is a county-funded general assistance program for indigent county residents that offers repayable benefits.

  9. Transportation Assistance Program

    The purpose of the program is to assist individuals and families who can be better served by relocating to a destination that provides a reconnection to family or friends or with employment opportunities that will lead to self-sufficiency.

  10. Adult Protective Services

    Adult Protective Services (APS) provides protective services to elders (65 and older) and dependent adults (18-64) who are unable to protect their own interests or to care for themselves.

  11. Child Welfare Services

    Obtain information about Child Welfare Services such as reporting child abuse, becoming a foster parent and more.

  12. In-Home Supportive Services

    In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program directed by the California Department of Social Services that provides aid to blind, aged, and disabled individuals who are unable to remain safely in their own home without the aid of a care provider.

  13. Mobile Outreach Program

    Specially converted recreational vehicles travel to residents in the county’s more remote communities, providing an array of DHHS services that people may not have easy access due to transportation, financial or health-related difficulties.

  14. DHHS DR Collections

    Information about overpayments and how to make payments to DHHS DR Collections.