MyPublicBenefits

Golden State Opportunity launched the My Public Benefits campaign, and the MyPublicBenefits.org site, in 2019 to help create a one-stop-shop for Californians to discover what social service programs they qualify for and how to apply.

We’re applying the same cutting edge outreach tactics that have helped CalEITC4Me achieve success with the Earned Income Tax Credit to other life-changing programs, such as CalFresh food assistance, Medi-Cal and CalWorks.

In our first year, we’re piloting an outreach program focused on increasing CalFresh enrollment in targeted zip codes within Los Angeles County. We’ll be working with community groups in areas of Los Angeles whose service areas have a high number of potentially eligible people, in order to host public benefits outreach and enrollment events, with a special focus on CalFresh. That’s because, starting in June 2019, 500,000 Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries in California became newly eligible for CalFresh. Of that total, 200,000 are right in Los Angeles County.

We hope to take the lessons learned from this pilot effort, and apply them statewide in the future.

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"The promise of America is that hard work should be honored with financial security. We founded Golden State Opportunity to ensure that promise holds true for everyone. We won’t be satisfied by anything less than a future where everyone lives with financial security."
— JOSEPH N. SANBERG, FOUNDER OF GOLDEN STATE OPPORTUNITY