County of Marin Health and Human Services

General Relief

General Relief has enacted a few temporary measures adopted by the Board of Supervisors. These measures will remain in effect until the Board takes action to return to standard program practice.

  • Monthly Update Reports are temporarily waived.
  • Weekly Job Search Activity Reports are temporarily waived.
  • Applicants will be granted phone interviews instead of face-to-face interviews.
  • Hearings will be conducted either virtually or by telephone.
  • If you are currently receiving a General Relief loan and continue to meet General Relief eligibility requirements, it will not be interrupted. Some reasons for discountenance are: not applying for CalFresh/MediCal, not being a resident of Marin County, being over income due to Unemployment Benefits or employment, or failure to provide requested verifications.

Applications may be picked up at the 1st floor lobby at 120 N. Redwood, San Rafael, or download/print from website.
Applications may be submitted in the mail drop box or 1st floor lobby at 120 North Redwood, San Rafael, or mailed to General Relief Program, 120 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Additional mail drop boxes are on 3240 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael, or 1 6th Street, Pt. Reyes.

Call 1-877-410-8817 for questions.

The Employment and Training Branch administers the General Relief (GR) Program. All people interested in applying for GR benefits must apply in person at the San Rafael Public Assistance Office at 120 North Redwood Drive (West Wing), open from 8:00AM- 4:00PM and closed daily from 12:00PM-1:00PM. All GR intake interviews are conducted Tuesday-Thursday, unless a special accommodation has been approved.

If you need a special accommodation, please contact General Relief at 415-473-3450. A special accommodations form will be needed.

To speed up the process of your GR application, please bring the following items to your intake interview:

  • California Identification Card or California Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Legal Permanent Resident Card and proof of sponsor’s information, such as income, resources, and assets, if applicable
  • Lease/rental agreement, rent receipt, statement of rent receipt
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • Bank statement or proof of bank account closed
  • Proof of application to all potential available income or proof of recently denied of benefits (Unemployment, State Disability, Financial Aid, Pensions, etc.)
  • If legally married, marriage license
  • If legally separated or divorced, proof of legal separation of divorce