Benefits Assistance

In this section, you will find services that are available to help teens and young adults with obtaining benefits and emergency needs assistance in San Diego County.

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Access and Crisis Line

The Optum Access and Crisis Line (ACL) has been serving the people of San Diego County since 1997. It receives thousands of calls per month related to suicide prevention, crisis intervention, community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. Confidential and free of charge, the line is immediately answered 7 days a […]

Areta Crowell BPSR Center

Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center’s services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one’s life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and […]

Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program

Provides a $50 monthly payment to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities. (916) 657-2628 or (916) 653-7651 (TTY) Office of Services to the Blind, 744 P Street, MS 8-16-94, Sacramento, CA 95814

Brother Benno’s Center

Brother Benno’s was started by Harold and Kay Kutler as a Soup Kitchen in downtown Oceanside. They named it after Brother Benno Garrity, a Benedictine monk who was well known for his tireless service to the poor in the Oceanside area. The first meal was served on October 21, 1983; and Brother Benno himself made […]


CalFresh is the new name for the Food Stamp Program in California. It is a federal supplemental nutrition program for low-income families and individuals that meet certain income guidelines. CalFresh benefits help supplement your food budget and allow families and individuals to buy nutritious food.

California Indian Legal Services

California Indian Legal Services (CILS) is one of the oldest non-profit law firms devoted exclusively to the cause of Native American rights. Governed by a Board of Trustees selected by California tribes and tribal organizations, CILS has provided free and low-cost legal services to California tribes, tribal organizations and Native American individuals throughout the state […]


CalWORKs is designed to transition people from welfare to work. It provides temporary cash assistance to eligible families with minor children, to move families with children from dependency to self-sufficiency through employment.

Catholic Charities: Case Management Services

Emergency Services Case Management provides comprehensive case management services to the homeless population, low income families and single adults. It serves to foster client self-actualization and provide them with the tools and resources to achieve self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities: Food Resource Center-College Area

Emergency food assistance and benefit enrollment assistance

Catholic Charities: Food Resource Center-Downtown

Emergency food assistance and benefit enrollment assistance

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