Assistance for the Unhoused

Assistance for the Unhoused

Tulare County HHSA collaborates with partners and offers a variety of programs and resources for homeless or unhoused individuals and families. Services provided include aging services, child welfare, employment assistance, housing, SSI advocacy, medical services, and veteran support. We are committed to serving the unhoused population and increasing accessibility to resources to help residents thrive.

CalWORKs (Cash Aid)
CalWORKs (Cash Aid)

The CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) program provides temporary cash assistance to families with children to help pay for necessities like clothing, housing, and food. 

Child Welfare Services
Child Welfare Services

Assists families in providing preventive services when health and safety issues occur. CWS is dedicated to helping families achieve safety and stability, making sure children are protected from abusive and potentially harmful situations, and ensuring families in our system receive the services they need.

Child Welfare Services Family Advocate
Child Welfare Services Family Advocate

The Child Welfare Services (CWS) Family Advocate provides assistance to families involved in the CWS system. This may include birth parents, children, relatives, and resource families.

Cooling and Warming Centers Live Interactive Map
Cooling and Warming Centers Live Interactive Map
Employment Services & Family Stabilization
Employment Services & Family Stabilization

The Employment Services  and Family Stabilization Programs help persons receiving CalWORKs benefits prepare for and obtain employment. The programs provide supportive services to help program participants work toward self-sufficiency.

Foster Youth Resources
Foster Youth Resources

As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges; here are some resources to help you tackle them.

General Assistance
General Assistance

The General Assistance (GA) program provides temporary cash aid to adults who cannot support themselves, do not receive other public funds, and are ineligible for any other assistance programs.

LGBTQ+ Health Resources
LGBTQ+ Health Resources
Our Health Care Centers are committed to providing appropriate and supportive clinical care to our LGBTQ patients. This page contains additional community supportive resources.
Programs & Services
Programs & Services

We are committed to improve the lives of anyone experiencing mental illness and/or substance use disorder challenges by providing an array of services for individuals of all ages.  

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

PHEP plays a vital role in emergency preparedness. The program focuses on preparing for and responding to events that pose a substantial risk to the health of the county’s residents, including public health threats and other emergencies.

SSI Advocacy
SSI Advocacy

If you find it difficult and confusing to apply for or submit appeals to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), call the SSI Advocacy Program; staff can help you.

Senior Information & Assistance
Senior Information & Assistance

The Information & Assistance program is your gateway to finding senior services in Tulare County. We provide quick information and referrals to local services as well as guidance on state and federal services.

Unhoused Programs & Services
Unhoused Programs & Services

Tulare County HHSA collaborates with partners and offers a variety of programs and resources for homeless or unhoused individuals and families. We are committed to serving the unhoused population and increasing accessibility to resources to help residents thrive.

Veterans Services Office (VSO)
Veterans Services Office (VSO)

The Veterans Services office is dedicated to serving Tulare County veterans and their families. Many veterans are unaware of the services and benefits they could be receiving, and others need help to understand the paperwork required to file claims.


Agency News

2024 Walk with a Doc Program

2024 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.  

Video: Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program

Video: Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program

When everyday tasks such as cooking dinner, climbing stairs, or managing your medical appointments become too difficult for you to do on your own, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, also known as MSSP, might be able to help. 

Video: Understanding Self-Neglect for Seniors

Video: Understanding Self-Neglect for Seniors

In Tulare County self-neglect is the most common condition reported to our Adult Protective Services program, typically accounting for up to 50% of all investigations. The goal of APS is to maintain the safety, health, and independence of the individual.

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to initiate discussions with experts, organizations, state government representatives,and others, to come up with ways to increase availability, accessibility, and quality.