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The Employment & Human Services Department – or EHSD for short – impacts the lives and well-being of many Contra Costa County residents. EHSD is the 2nd largest department in Contra Costa County.

Each year, over 100,000 citizens are helped by EHSD! We serve children, families, the elderly, disabled adults, and people looking for jobs. Most of the people we serve live in poverty, with incomes at or below the federal poverty level. In most cases, a family of 4 would need to earn less than $31,000 per year to qualify for programs.

Here are just a few ways in which we improve the lives of people living in Contra Costa County each year:

At EHSD, we provide financial and medical benefits to low-income people in need.

  • Over 10,000 low-income families receive cash aid from CalWORKs. (Also called Temporary Aid to Needy Families or TANF.)
  • Over 35,000 low-income households receive help buying food through CalFresh. (This used to be called Food Stamps and is also called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or SNAP.)
  • Over 90,000 low-income households receive health coverage through Medi-Cal (Also referred to as Medicaid.)
  • Over 1,600 low-income households receive help through General Assistance, which provides cash support to needy adults who are not able to qualify for most other programs. (Also referred to as GA and called General Relief (GR) in other parts of California).

Many more Contra Costa County residents are now accessing Medi-Cal, due in part to the Affordable Care Act. In just the last year, the program has grown by 32,000 households!


At EHSD, we fight hunger in Contra Costa County – each year:

  • Over 35,000 low-income households receive help buying food through CalFresh. (This used to be called Food Stamps and is also called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or SNAP)
  • Over 300,000 meals are delivered to low-income elderly living in their homes.
  • Over 173,000 meals are served at out-of-the-home gatherings for low-income elderly.

At EHSD, we protect children, the disabled, and the elderly:

  • Over 7,000 families are assessed for child maltreatment and negligence each year.
  • Over 2,000 children are served each year by the Child Welfare System.
  • Over 1,800 elderly and disabled adults are served each year by Adult Protective Services.

Families Assessed for Child Maltreatment and Neglect

Children Served by Child Welfare

At EHSD, we take care of and educate children, adults, and the elderly—each year:

  • More than 7,000 low-income elderly and disabled adults receive 300,000 hours of in-home care, preventing the need to move to nursing homes.
  • Nearly 1,500 children are enrolled in full daycare programs and 1,100 children are enrolledin part day programs at Head Start Centers. 82 children are also enrolled in home-based programs. 15 Head Start child care centers are directly operated by EHSD and 13 are operated by our community partners.
  • Over 500 children of low-income families received childcare so that their parents can work out of the home.


At EHSD, we provide informational assistance to children, adults, and the elderly—each year:

  • `More than 14,000 referrals are made to support seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers.
  • Over 4,000 nutrition education sessions were offered to seniors.
  • More than 1,500 families received information and other support to promote safe and stable families.


At EHSD, we help adults and youth find work and train for quality careers—each year:

  • Over 500 youth and 1,000 adults receive job training, individual assessments, job placement services, career coaching, and other services.
  • More than 500 people find jobs after receiving training and support from the Workforce Development Board.
  • 1,000 low-income adults whoare “hard to hire” are helped with subsidized employment.
  • We help to 30 new businesses get started and they create more than 100 new jobs in Contra Costa County.


At EHSD, we provide a large economic benefit for Contra Costa County while using very little county tax payer dollars.

  • The EHSD budget is over $400 million. But only 4% comes from the county. This includes employing over 1,600 full-time employees.
  • Economic assistance provided by EHSD has a large ripple effect. It is estimated that work by EHSD creates hundreds of millions of dollars in additional economic activity in the County.