County services continue despite government shutdown

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County services continue despite government shutdown

The Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) announced today that it continues to provide federally-funded benefit programs and services to community members despite the government shutdown that went into effect at midnight Friday. 

EHSD offices will remain fully staffed and operational during the department’s regular business hours, according to EHSD.

“The shutdown is not expected to jeopardize the department’s ability to provide the majority of entitlement programs in the short term,” the department said.

“While nobody knows exactly how long the shutdown may last, we are confident that, at this time, EHSD customers will not experience any disruption to the resources that help support, protect and promote self-sufficiency for them and their families,” said Kathy Gallagher, EHSD Director. 

It is uncertain what might occur if the shutdown persists beyond a couple of weeks. EHSD services that could potentially be impacted in Contra Costa County include:

  • Child Welfare Services, including Child Protective Services and Foster Care
  • Aging & Adult Services, including Adult Protective Services, In-Home Support Services and General Assistance
  • Medi-Cal (Medicaid)
  • CalWORKs/California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF, also known as welfare-to-work)
  • CalFresh (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
  • Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare

Entitlement programs are not immediately affected by a government shutdown, EHSD added.

“Programs that receive a federal appropriation each year will not receive any new funding, however they can continue to draw down unspent funds already obligated during that fiscal year,” the agency said.

EHSD said it is closely monitoring the federal government impasse with the county’s Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, and partner organizations.

For more information about benefit programs in Contra Costa County, members of the public can visit www.ehsd.org.

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