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How SSI Recipients Can Apply for CalFresh in Contra Costa County

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CalFresh is a program that provides monthly food benefits for low-income individuals and families.  It is California’s version of the federal program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  CalFresh participants receive an EBT card that can be used at grocery stores and farmers markets throughout the County.  However, the amount an individual or family receives depends on their income and a variety of factors. (more…)

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Let’s Celebrate! May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Contra Costa County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity. (more…)

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Have you had the conversation? Get ready for NHDD April 16!

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  If you do not already have your end-of-life planning done, now is the perfect opportunity.  Every adult, and especially seniors, should have their wishes for the end of their life set in writing.

What is the conversation?

The conversation to have on April 16th (or any time), is about your wishes at the end of your life.  You should have this conversation with the people in your life who are going to be responsible for making decisions on your behalf at the end of life.  This way, if something happens and you are unable to express your wishes, your family or friends who need to make these decisions are able to do so knowing that it is what you would want. (more…)

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5 Reasons Why You Must Check Your Credit Report Every Year

What is a credit report?

A credit report is a record of your credit activity and credit history.  There are three major national consumer credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.  They each compile records of financial history that affect credit–in other words, a “credit report.”  These reports contain information about your payment history, credit limits, loan balances, and other financial and personal information.  For example, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, and auto loans all appear on credit reports.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check your reports:

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Announcement: Affordable Housing Waiting List Opens April 1-5

Are you searching for affordable housing? 

The Project Based Voucher (PBV) Waiting List will be open Monday, April 1, 2019 10:00am through Friday, April 5, 2019 4:00pm.

The Contra Costa County Housing Authority administers the Project Based Voucher Program.  The program is similar to the traditional Section 8 Voucher, or Housing Choice Voucher program.  However, this program is different, because the housing subsidy is attached to particular property.  Applicants typically pay about 30% of their income for the rent.  There are income eligibility requirements. (more…)

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What is the difference between an Advance Health Care Directive and a POLST?

Many people are confused about whether they need an advance health care directive (AHCD) or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for incapacity planning.  Only individuals with a very serious illness who may not survive for a long time need a POLST.  However, we recommend that any person over the age of 18 — healthy or ill — have an advance health care directive.   A POLST is not a substitute for an advanced health care directive.  For a chart on how the POLST and advance health care directives work together, click here(more…)

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Free Tax Preparation Available from CCSLS

It’s tax season, and we are proud to partner with AARP to provide free tax clinics here in our office.  This program offers free, individualized tax preparation to anyone, regardless of age or income.  We will have two clinics: February 19, 2019 and March 19, 2019.  If you would like to sign up, just call the office at (925) 609-7900. (more…)

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New Law in California Makes Organ Donation the Default

California has taken steps to increase the number of organ donors in the State.  On January 1, 2019,  A.B. 3211 went into effect.  The new law makes three changes to California’s Advanced Health Directive (AHCD) law, which clarify patients’ rights regarding organ donation.

Organ donation is now the default choice.

The new law simplifies the choice to donate organs and/or tissue by making the choice all inclusive.  Donation is now the default, and if a person wishes not to donate, they must say so.  Instead of separate questions, the new form has just one choice for those electing to donate.  The new language says that upon death, organs, tissue, and parts can be donated for transplantation, therapy, research and education.  Individuals can specify exceptions or cross out any of the choices in the general donation clause. (more…)

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