County of Marin Health and Human Services


Help Protect Your Benefits with the ebtEDGE app!

The ebtEDGE Mobile App is now available for download from the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

On November 10, 2023, the State of California is launching a new tool for EBT Cardholders to better protect Cardholder’s account(s) and their benefits.

The current Cardholder Website ( upgraded to the ebtEDGE Mobile Application and Web-enabled Cardholder Portal. This new portal gives California EBT Cardholders more control of their card(s) and introduces new security features. California EBT Cardholders are now able to download the ebtEDGE Mobile App from the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

The edbEdge app features enhanced security features such as: 

1. Manage PIN: Ability to change EBT card PIN whenever and as often as needed.

2. Card Freeze/Unfreeze: Ability to lock or “Freeze” access to benefits on your EBT card and unlock or “Unfreeze” access to your EBT card, in real-time.

3. Transaction Blocking (Out-of-State or Internet Purchases): Ability to block transactions from occurring Out-of-State and/or Internet Purchases, and the EBT Cardholder can turn these features on and off using a computer or mobile device.

4. Request a Replacement Card: Ability to request a replacement card if the card is compromised, damaged, lost, or stolen.

5. Biometrics Access: EBT Cardholders are encouraged to use biometric access such as Touch ID or Facial Recognition enabled on your mobile device to securely log in.


¡Ayude a proteger sus beneficios con la aplicación ebtEDGE!

La Aplicación Móvil ebtEDGE ya está disponible para descargar desde Apple App Store para iPhone o Google Play Store para dispositivos Android.

El sitio web actual para titulares de tarjetas ( se actualizó a la Aplicación Móvil ebtEDGE y al Portal para Titulares de Tarjetas habilitado para la web. Este nuevo portal brinda a los Titulares de Tarjetas EBT de California más control sobre sus tarjetas e introduce nuevas características de seguridad. Los Titulares de Tarjetas EBT de California ahora pueden descargar la Aplicación Móvil ebtEDGE desde Apple App Store para iPhone o Google Play Store para dispositivos Android.

La aplicación edbEdge presenta funciones de seguridad mejoradas como:

1. Administrar PIN: posibilidad de cambiar el PIN de la tarjeta EBT cuando y con la frecuencia que sea necesario.

2. Congelar/descongelar tarjeta: posibilidad de bloquear o “congelar” el acceso a los beneficios de su tarjeta EBT y desbloquear o “descongelar” el acceso a su tarjeta EBT, en tiempo real.

3. Bloqueo de transacciones (compras fuera del estado o por Internet): posibilidad de bloquear transacciones para que no se realicen compras fuera del estado y/o por Internet, y el titular de la tarjeta EBT puede activar y desactivar estas funciones usando una computadora o dispositivo móvil.

4. Solicitar una tarjeta de reemplazo: posibilidad de solicitar una tarjeta de reemplazo si la tarjeta está comprometida, dañada, perdida o robada.

5. Acceso biométrico: Se recomienda a los Titulares de Tarjetas EBT que utilicen acceso biométrico, como Touch ID o reconocimiento facial habilitado en su dispositivo móvil, para iniciar sesión de forma segura.

Bảo vệ Quyền lợi của bạn với Ứng dụng ebtEDGE!

Ứng dụng di động ebtEDGE nay đã có mặt trên Apple App Store cho iPhone và Google Play Store cho Android.

Trang web Cardholder ( hiện tại đã được nâng cấp thành ứng dụng di động ebtEDGE và Cổng thông tin Cardholder chạy trên trình duyệt. Cổng này giúp chủ thẻ California EBT quản lý tốt hơn cũng như cung cấp các tính năng bảo mật mới cho người dùng. Chủ thẻ California EBT có thể tải xuống ứng dụng di động ebtEDGE từ Apple App Store dành cho iPhone hoặc Google Play Store cho Android.

Ứng dụng di động ebtEDGE đã nâng cấp các tính năng bảo mật như sau:

1. Quản lý Mã PIN: Đổi mã PIN thẻ EBT bất cứ khi nào và bất cứ lúc nào bạn muốn.

2. Yêu cầu Đóng băng/Mở đóng băng Thẻ: Khóa hay “Đóng băng” quyền truy cập vào các phúc lợi trong thẻ EBT và mở khóa hay “Mở đóng băng” thẻ EBT trong thời gian thực.

3. Chặn Giao dịch (Giao dịch ở Ngoài bang hoặc qua Internet): Chặn các giao dịch được thực hiện ở ngoài bang và/hoặc qua Internet, và Chủ thẻ EBT có thể bật và tắt các tính năng này trên máy tính hoặc thiết bị di động.

4. Yêu cầu Cấp lại Thẻ: Yêu cầu cấp lại thẻ nếu thẻ cũ bị chiếm đoạt, hư hại, thất lạc hoặc mất cắp.

5. Truy cập bằng Sinh trắc học: Chủ thẻ EBT được khuyến khích sử dụng sinh trắc học để truy cập vào thẻ, ví dụ như bật Touch ID hoặc Nhận dạng khuôn mặt trên thiết bị để đảm bảo bảo mật khi đăng nhập

BenefitsCal is here! is a new simple way for customers to apply for, view, and renew benefits for health coverage, food and cash assistance.

BenefitsCal is the first statewide automated site built by and for the people of California.  Together, we benefit.

BenefitsCal will make it easier than ever to:

  • Apply online
  • Renew your benefits
  • Upload documents
  • Report changes
  • Connect with a caseworker

BenefitsCal supports applications for

  • CalFresh
  • Medi-Cal/County Medical Services Program (CMSP)
  • CalWORKS
  • General Aid/General Relief (GA/GR)
  • Disaster CalFresh
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

Visit today to apply.


Helping You Support Your Family

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is a public assistance program that provides temporary assistance for needy families with (or expecting) children.

If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help.  Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.

Support while on the program may include temporary homeless assistance, employment/job readiness assistance, childcare, and transportation costs. Monthly cash benefits are issued on an ATM-style plastic card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, which you can use to make purchases.

CalWORKs is the California version of the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.

Who Is Eligible

  • An adult caring for a child who is:
    • Under age 18, OR
    • Under age 19 if the child is in high school or vocational school.
  • One or both of the child’s parents must be unemployed, disabled, continuously absent or deceased.
  • You must meet income and resource limits.
  • You may also qualify if you are:
    • Pregnant and in your second trimester
    • A pregnant or parenting teen under age 18
    • A relative caring for a child.

Eligibility for benefits depends on a number of factors, including family size, immigration status, income, property, and special needs.

How CalWORKs May Help

Individuals who are in receipt of CalWORKs for themselves are required to participate in the CalWORKs employment services program called Welfare-to-Work (WTW).  Going through the WTW program builds your skills toward getting and keeping a job, so that you can support your family into the future.

During your program, WTW staff may:

  • Assess you for types of jobs you might do,
  • Help you make a plan to get work and increase your job skills,
  • Support you in training for various jobs, including helping you obtain your GED,
  • Provide childcare while you are completing the Welfare-to-Work program,
  • Help you get such services as: mental health services, alcohol or other drug services, legal help, learning disability support and/or support for those affected by domestic violence.


Diversion services can help applicants who need some assistance but do not want or need to go on welfare. Diversion services allow you to choose to get a lump sum cash payment or non-cash services instead of going on aid. You can only choose to get Diversion services at time of application for cash aid, and you may be eligible for Medi-Cal, child care assistance, and food stamps if you get Diversion services. After reviewing your facts, the county will tell you if you would be eligible for Diversion services. If eligible and you choose to get a Diversion cash payment or non-cash services instead of cash aid: 

  • You will get a denial notice for cash aid. 
  • Your cash aid may be lowered or the amount of time you can get cash aid may be reduced if you go on aid later. 

An example of this is when a family has fallen on hard times, has income in the following months, but needs help getting caught up on bills like rent, car payment, etc.

1. Eligibility Determination:

  • The county determines if you are eligible for diversion services.
  • Diversion services are intended for individuals who:
    • May benefit from these services and could avoid the need for monthly cash aid.
    • Are apparently eligible for cash aid.
    • Need cash or non-cash assistance to address a current need or emergency.
    • You can only receive diversion services at the time of application.

2. Choosing Diversion Services:

  • If you opt for diversion services:
    • You will not receive monthly cash aid.
    • You must sign the attached Diversion Services Agreement.
    • You will receive a notice that denies your current application for cash aid and specifies the method of payment for your diversion services and the duration of your diversion period.
    • Separate approval or denial notices will be provided for other benefits you applied for, such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal.
    • If you need child care assistance during your diversion period, inform your worker.

3.  After Getting Diversion Services:

  • If you apply for cash aid after receiving diversion services:
    • Before the diversion period ends, you must choose to:
    • Allow the county to either lower your monthly cash aid payment by the determined amount to repay the diversion payment/services, or
    • Count the total diversion period against your 48-month time limit.
    • After the diversion period ends, the county will only count one month of the diversion period against your 48-month time limit.

4.  Figuring the Diversion Period:

  • The county calculates the diversion period as follows:
    • Determines the purchase price or current value for any non-cash services received.
    • Divides the amount of diversion payment/services by your Maximum Aid Payment for your assistance unit at the time you received diversion services.
  • Example: If an applicant received $1,375 for emergency car repairs (with a Maximum Aid Payment of $638 for an assistance unit of 3), the diversion period would be 2 months.

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program provides cash assistance, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh to refugees. RCA is available for up to 12 months from date of admission to the U.S. in qualifying status, date of final grant of asylum or date of certification by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as Victim of Trafficking.

Entrant Cash Assistance (ECA):  Cuban and Haitian entrants are eligible for ORR benefits and services from the date they first enter into Cuban/Haitian Entrant Status.

Who is Considered a Refugee?

The following U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) classifications are all considered refugees for the purpose of RCA:

  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Cuban and Haitian Entrants
  • Amerasians from Vietnam
  • Certified Human Trafficking Victims
  • Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Other Serious Crimes
  • Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa holders

Applying for RCA

You may apply for RCA electronically at (select cash aid) or by completing a paper application and submitting the application.

Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) 

Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) provides assistance to non-citizen victims of human trafficking (T-Visa) and noncitizen victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes (U-Visa) who are not eligible to RCA or CalWORKs.


TCVAP may provide:

  • Cash Assistance 
  • Food Benefits 
  • Employment Services 
  • Other Services 

The TCVAP is a state-funded program and is administered by the Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB).

Applying for TCVAP

You may apply for TCVAP electronically at (select cash aid), by phone, or by completing a paper application and submitting the application by mail, fax, or drop of at any of our office locations.

For additional information, please visit the CDSS TCVAP website.


CAPI is a program that provides monthly cash assistance to aged, blind or disabled non-citizens who have been denied Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) solely due to their immigration status. 

Who is Eligible

You may be eligible for CAPI if you meet the following conditions:

  • Ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to immigration status.
  • 65 years old or older, blind, or disabled.
  • A resident of California.
  • Meet certain income and resource requirements.
    • Income must be less than the CAPI payment standards.
    • The Resource limit for an individual is $2,000 and $3,000 for a couple.
  • Be a non-citizen who meets the immigration status criteria in effect for SSI/SSP as of 8/21/96.

How to apply

*The CAPI application is not currently available on BenefitsCal. You may call us and ask us to mail you an application. Once completed, you may mail or fax it to us. 

The CAPI Application (SOC 814) is also available online. Once completed the application can be:

  • dropped off at any office location in the reception area or in the red drop box outside.
  • mailed to PO Box 4160, San Rafael, CA 94913
  • or faxed (415) 473-3556

For additional information, please visit the CDSS CAPI website.