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A Survey of General Relief Recipients: Housing, Utilization of Systems of Care, and Employability Status
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The General Relief (GR) Program serves as the final government safety net for individuals who are facing extreme poverty or homelessness in Los Angeles County. General Relief is a County
funded welfare program with a current caseload of approximately 60,000 people. The program is mandated under California Welfare and Institutions Code section 17000, which requires every county to “relieve and support all incompetent, poor, indigent persons.”
In order to be eligible for General Relief, an applicant must have no more than $50 in a bank account or $500 in personal property, and may not own a car worth more than $4,500 or a house
worth more than $34,000. Such strict eligibility criteria limit receipt of General Relief benefits to the poorest and most vulnerable. General Relief provides a monthly cash grant of no more than $221 that is usually accompanied by $100 - $135 in federally funded food stamps. In addition, the program provides welfare-to-work services, transportation assistance, supportive service referrals, medical care, and other assistance.
Los Angeles, CA