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CalFresh Humboldt County (2022 Guide)

CalFresh is a benefits assistance program that helps limited-income individuals and families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. If you live in the County of Humboldt, California, and need help with CalFresh, we can help. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about CalFresh Humboldt County – including CalFresh eligibility, how to apply for benefits, How to renew your benefits, BenefitsCal login help, and Social Services contact information.

Before we get into CalFresh eligibility guidelines, first, we will explain what CalFresh is about and who is eligible to apply.

Next, we will explain each of the eligibility guidelines in detail, including the income limit, which is the most important.

We will then walk you through the 3 ways you can apply for CalFresh in Humboldt County.

Also, we will walk you through how much you are likely to receive in CalFresh if you are approved.

Additionally, we will review the CalFresh renewal process in Humboldt County and what you need to know to successfully complete SAR 7 or recertification.

Furthermore, we will explain the restaurant meals program in Humboldt County and how you can use your EBT card to buy food at restaurants and fast food places if you are eligible.

Lastly, we will provide Social Services contact information, including the phone number and hours of operation.

Table of Contents:

Applying for CalFresh in Humboldt County

  • CalFresh In Humboldt County
  • Who is Eligible for CalFresh?
  • CalFresh Eligibility Guidelines
  • CalFresh Income Limits – 2022
  • How Much in CalFresh will I Get?
  • How do I apply for CalFresh Benefits in Humboldt County?

Managing Your CalFresh Benefits

  • Humboldt County CalFresh Login (BenefitsCal Account Login)
  • How to Renew CalFresh in Humboldt County
  • CalFresh Humboldt County Phone Number
  • Restaurants that take CalFresh in Humboldt County

What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh Program is California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and was formerly known as Food Stamps.

CalFresh assists low-income individuals and households to purchase nutritional food.

Eligibility for CalFresh, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

A household can be one person, a group of people, a family, or any combination of people that buy and prepare food together.

Children living with their parents are considered part of the same household until age 22.

Furthermore, many legal non-citizens are eligible for CalFresh benefits.

Also, even if you can’t get CalFresh benefits for yourself, other members of your household may be eligible.

Once approved monthly benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that works just like a bank debit card to buy food at most grocery stores and markets (including some Farmers Markets).

CalFresh Humboldt County

In Humboldt County, the CalFresh program is managed by the Social Services Office.

In addition to CalFresh benefits, the Social Services office also handles CalWORKs, General Relief, and MediCal applications and benefits.

Furthermore, BenefitsCal is the website for Humboldt County Residents to apply for and to view their benefits online.

We will walk you through how to sign up for a BenefitsCal account or log in to your account if you already have done.

Who is Eligible for CalFresh?

Here are the categories of people who live in the state of California that are eligible for CalFresh:

  • Any California household or individual (including homeless) with low or no income
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients
  • CalWORKS or CAAP applicants can apply for CalFresh as part of their application process for those services
  • Students of higher education who meet eligibility requirements
  • Legal permanent residents and qualified immigrants

CalFresh Eligibility Guidelines for 2022

Here’s what you need to apply for CalFresh:

Proof of Identity

Applicants must provide proof of their identity to show that they are the person they claim to be.

Identity may be verified through a variety of documents, including but not limited to,

  • Department of Motor Vehicles ID or driver’s license
  • Work or school ID
  • Voter registration card
  • Birth certificate

Social Security Numbers

Individuals, including children, applying for CalFresh benefits, must either provide a Social Security number or proof they have applied for a Social Security Number.

Household members that are not eligible for CalFresh do not have to provide or apply for a Social Security Number.

Residency

The applicant must live in the state of California and must apply in their county of residence.

Persons without a permanent residence or a fixed mailing address can get CalFresh as long as they can prove residency in a county.

Work Rules

There are special rules for able-bodied adults without dependent children.

If you are an able-bodied adult without dependents and are between the ages of 18 and 50, here’s what you need to know:

You must register for work or be working at least 20 hours per week or an average of 80 hours per month to receive CalFresh benefits.

Citizenship Status

U. S. citizens and many non-citizens are eligible for CalFresh.

Furthermore, even if some members of the household are not eligible, those who are may be able to get CalFresh benefits.

Eligibility for Aged and Disabled Households

There are special rules for households with seniors and people who are disabled.

If you are age 60 or over, or you are receiving Social Security Disability or Medi-Cal due to a disability, or a full VA pension here’s what you need to know.

You may be eligible with income over the regular limits if you pay very high rent and utilities and/or have medical expenses over $35 per month.

However, this must be computed on a case-by-case basis.

Asset Limits

Your household assets must fall below certain limits.

Households without a member who is elderly or has a disability must have assets of $2,250 or less.

However, households with an elderly or has a disabled person must have assets of $3,500 or less.

Income and Deductions

To be eligible for CalFresh, your monthly gross income (before payroll deductions) must be the same or below the amount listed in the chart for your household size.

CalFresh counts most types of income to determine if a household is eligible.

Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level, to be potentially eligible for CalFresh.

For CalFresh purposes, gross monthly income means a household’s total income before excluding allowable deductions.

Also, deductions are expenses that are subtracted from the household’s monthly gross income to arrive at the net monthly income.

CalFresh Income Limits – 2022

Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level, to be potentially eligible for CalFresh.

If your household has a person who is 60 or older or disabled, only the net income
limit must be met.

Number of People in Household Maximum Montly Gross Income Allowed – 200% Federal Poverty Level Maximum Monthly Net Income Allowed – 100% Federal Poverty Level
1 $2,148 $1,074
2 $2,904 $1,452
3 $3,660 $1,830
4 $4,418 $2,209
5 $5,174 $2,587
6 $5,930 $2,965
7 $6,688 $3,344
8 $7,444 $3,722
​9 $8,202 $4,101
​10 $8,960 $4,480
Each additional member +$758 +$379

CalFresh Income Deductions

Deductions are allowable expenses that can be subtracted from the household’s monthly gross income to arrive at the net monthly income.

The net monthly income is used to determine eligibility and the amount of CalFresh benefits that will be received monthly.

CalFresh deductions include:

  • 20% deduction from earned income,
  • A standard deduction of $177 for households with 1-3 members,
  • Standard deduction of $184 for a household with 4 members,
  • A standard deduction of $215 for a household with 5 members,
  • Standard deduction of $246 for a household with 6 or more members,
  • Cost of child care when needed to work, seek work or attend training for work,
  • Medical expenses exceeding $35 for elderly or disabled household members,
  • Court-ordered child support payments paid to non-household members, and
  • A portion of shelter (rent or mortgage) and utility costs

How Much in CalFresh will I Get?

If you are approved for food stamps in California, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:

  • Number of people in your household,
  • Total amount of your household’s income, and
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.

The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.

The table below shows the maximum CalFresh benefits for households with zero income.

As your income increases, your CalFresh benefit amount goes down.

Household Size CalFresh Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $250
2 $459
3 $658
4 $835
5 $992
6 $1,190
7 $1,316
8 $1,504
Each Additional Member: +$188

How do I apply for CalFresh in Humboldt County?

There are three ways you can apply for CalFresh benefits:

Option 1 – Online

The easier and quickest way to apply for CalFresh in Humboldt County is online at BenefitsCal.com.

Additionally, you can apply for CalFresh online through – GetCalFresh.org.

Option 2 – By Phone

You can call Humboldt Social Services to apply by phone or have an application mailed to you.

Here is the number to call:

Social Services Customer Service Center (CSC) 1-707-410-8809.

You can complete the paper application and return it to the Social Services office for processing.

Option 3 – In Person

Lastly, you can apply In person at any of the Social Services offices.

To locate a Social Services office near you, click here or see the list below.

After you submit an application, you will be contacted by an eligibility worker to complete the application process.

Mail your completed application to:

929 Koster St
Eureka, CA 95501

You can also fax it to 707-269-3598

Humboldt County Social Services office locations

Here’s the list of Humboldt County Social Services office locations that handle CalFresh applications and benefits.

Humboldt County Social Services – Eureka

929 Koster St
Eureka, CA 95501

Hours
Monday -Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Humboldt County Social Services – Fortuna

3306 Renner Dr
Fortuna, CA 95540

Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Humboldt County Social Services – Garberville

727 Cedar St
Garberville, CA 95542

Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Humboldt County Social Services – Hoopa

535 Airport Rd
Hoopa, CA 95546

Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

BenefitsCal Login Help

If you live in Humboldt County, then you can use the BenefitsCal online portal to apply for and manage benefit assistance.

Follow the instructions below for help logging in BenefitsCal online account.

If you do not have an account, see our guide on how to create BenefitsCal Account.

Step 1 – Visit BenefitsCal Website

To start the login process for your BenefitsCal account, visit the BenefitsCal Account website at https://benefitscal.com/.

Once you are on the homepage you will need to locate the “Log In” button, which is usually located at the top of the site (see image below).

Click on the “Log In” button to proceed with the process.

Step 2 – Enter Email Address and Password

Next, you will be taken to a page where you will be required to enter your account email address and password, as shown below.

Once you enter the correct email address and password, click “Log In” to continue, as shown by the image below.

Step 3 – View your account

If you entered the correct email address and password, you will be automatically taken to your BenefitsCal account page, as shown below.

Once there, you can perform a variety of tasks, including applying for:

  • Federal Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Cash Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Discounts on Subway Fares

Step 4 – First Time Login

When you first log in to your BenefitsCal account, you will see the page below.

Accept the terms and conditions to proceed.

 

Step 5 – BenefitsCal Dashboard

After you have accepted the terms and conditions, you will be taken to the page below, which is your BenefitsCal dashboard.

Forgot Password?

If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Your Password” link as shown in the image below.

Next, you will be required to enter your email address to reset your password, as shown in the image below.

Once you have entered your email address, click “Next” to reset your password.

The video below does a great job of walking you through how to reset your password.

If you still need further assistance in resetting your BenefitCal password, we suggest you watch the video below.

How to Renew CalFresh in Humboldt County

In order to keep your CalFresh benefits in Humboldt County, there are four requirements you have to meet each year.

They are:

Humboldt County CalFresh Renewal Timeline

The table below provides a simple overview of the CalFresh renewal process.

It includes SAR 7 renewal and annual recertification timeline.

As you will see below, the table shows the specific date each renewal process has to be completed based on the date of your initial application for CalFresh.

Initial CalFresh Application SAR-7 Timeline Recertification Timeline
1 January June 5th December 5th
2 February July 5th January 5th
3 March August 5th February 5th
4 April September 5th March 5th
5 May October 5th April 5th
6 June November 5th May 5th
7 July December 5th June 5th
8 August January 5th July 5th
9 September February 5th August 5th
10 October March 5th September 5th
11 November April 5th October 5th
12 December May 5th November 5th

Humboldt County CalFresh Renewal Process

You must turn in this recertification application and be interviewed before the end of your certification period to continue receiving CalFresh.

In many counties, you can complete this recertification application online.

We will first explain the recertification process, then we will explain how you can complete the process online.

CalFresh Recertification Process

Here are the steps you need to take to complete the CalFresh recertification process.

Step 1 – Complete the Recertification Application Form

Click here for the recertification application form.

Be sure to answer all questions on the recertification application.

Step 2 – Submit Your Recertification Application Form

Next, turn in the signed application to the County.

You can do so in person, by mail, by fax, or online. Here’s how:

In-Person

Apply in person at your County Social Services office. Click here to locate Social Services Office near you.

By Mail

You can mail the form to your County Social Services office. Click here to locate an office near you.

By Fax

You can fax the completed, signed application form to your County Social Services office. Click here to locate an office near you.

Online

You can complete the re-certification online using the BenefitsCal Portal.

Click here for help logging into your BenefitsCal account or see the instructions above.

If you do not have a BenefitsCal account, click here for help in creating one.

Step 3 – CDSS Acknowledgment and Interview Appointment

The County CalFresh office will send you an interview appointment letter to discuss your recertification application.

Most interviews are done by phone.

Step 4 – Attend Recertification Interview

The next step in the recertification process is to attend your interview on the appointed date.

During the interview, your caseworker will go over the information on the application and will ask questions to recertify you for CalFresh and determine your benefits.

Bring proof of changes in:

  • Income
  • Number of People in Your Household (People buying/eating together)
  • Housing costs.

It is very important to keep your interview even if you do not have proof of the changes discussed above.

Step 5 – Recertification Application Decision

Next, your caseworker will make a decision regarding your recertification.

You will know by mail whether you will keep receiving CalFresh benefits, what your benefit amount will be, and if there are any other changes.

CalFresh Humboldt County Phone Number

Here’s how to contact the Humboldt County Social Services regarding your CalFresh benefits:

The Customer Service Center is a “single point of contact” currently providing services for the following aid programs:

  • CalWORK
  • CalFresh
  • Medi-Cal
  • General Relief

Phone numbers

To find out about the status of your case or application, or to ask any other questions about your case, you can call:

Social Services Call Center:
1-707-410-8809.

The Call Center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. The Call Center is closed on Wednesdays.

Frequently Asked Questions About CalFresh in Humboldt County

Here are the most frequently asked questions about CalFresh in Humboldt County.

If I am receiving SSI/SSP, can I also receive CalFresh benefits?

Starting June 1, 2019, the CalFresh food assistance program expanded to include eligible older adults and people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits.

There are multiple ways to connect with Social Services for new households to apply:

CALL: 1-707-410-8809 to apply by phone,
CLICK: BenefitsCal.com to apply online, or
IN PERSON: Locate your local county office at https://humboldtgov.org/332/Social-Services.

What if I am Elderly or have a Disability?

If you are 60 years old or over, or have a verified disability, you are not required to look for work while receiving CalFresh.

Additionally, you may also be eligible to claim high medical bills that health insurance doesn’t cover as part of your CalFresh application.

What can CalFresh benefits be used to purchase?

CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase:

  • Foods for human consumption.
  • Seeds and plants to grow food for household use.

Are there items I cannot purchase with CalFresh benefits?

Yes. CalFresh benefits cannot be used to purchase:

  • Any non-food items, including pet food, soaps, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics.
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
  • Vitamins and medicines.
  • Any food that will be eaten in the store.
  • Any food marketed to be heated in the store.

What Farmers Markets Accept CalFresh in Humboldt County?

Many Farmer’s Markets across Humboldt County allow users to use CalFresh.

Food for People has partnered with the North Coast Grower’s Association (NCGA) farmers’ markets’ Market Match program.

With this program, households in Humboldt County can stretch their CalFresh benefits and access more locally grown foods.

This includes foods sold at NCGA farmers’ markets in:

  • Eureka
  • Arcata
  • McKinleyville
  • Willow Creek
  • Fortuna
  • Garberville
  • Miranda
  • Shelter Cove

How to get Market Match Dollars

Getting market match dollars is easy.

Simply visit the market info booth, where staff will swipe your EBT card for the amount you choose.

Then the market manager provides $1 wooden tokens that can be used like cash at the farmers’ stalls to purchase many foods, plus seeds/plants that produce food in a garden.

With Market Match, you will also receive a bonus of free Market Match dollar tokens on top of that, to stretch your CalFresh dollars further.

This bonus matching benefit is available once per market day, all season long as funds permit.

Farmers’ Markets in Humboldt County that Offer Market Match

The following farmers’ markets in Humboldt County participate in the Market Match program:

Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market

The Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market is located on the city block of 8th Street and 9th Street/ “G” Street and “H” Street in Arcata.

Website

Fortuna Farmers’ Market

The Fortuna Farmers’ Market is located at 10th St between Main and L St in downtown Fortuna

Website

Eureka Friday Night Market

Eureka Friday Night Market is located in Old Town, Eureka near E & 2nd streets.

Website

The Garberville Farmers’ Market

The Garberville Farmers’ Market is located at Church Street and the Town Square, Garberville

Website

Henderson Farmers’ Market

The Henderson Center Market is located at F Street and Henderson Streets in Eureka, CA.

Website

McKinleyville Farmers’ Market

​The McKinleyville Farmers’ Market is located in the Eureka Natural Foods McKinleyville parking lot at 2165 Central Ave.

Website

The Miranda Farmers’ Market

The Miranda Farmers’ Market is located in front of Miranda Market on Highway 254 (Avenue of the Giants)

Website

Old Town Farmers’ Market

The Old Town Farmers’ market is located at F and 2nd streets in Eureka, CA.

Website

Shelter Cove Farmers’ Market

Location
Marios Motel & Marina
533 Machi Road,
Shelter Cove

Website

Willow Creek Farmers’ Market

The Willow Creek Farmers’ Market is located at Veteran’s Park.

100 Kimtu Rd.

En-route to Kimtu Beach. From HWY 101, turn onto Country Club Road, then turn left on Kimtu Road.

Website

CalFresh Humboldt County Summary

We hope this post on CalFresh Humboldt County was helpful.

Questions?

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Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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