Contra Costa Benefit Programs Remain Intact During Federal Government Shutdown


Employment & Human Services Department Continues to Administer Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Head Start, Child Welfare, Aging & Adult, and Other Federally-Funded Services

Martinez, Calif. (January 20, 2018) – The Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) assures residents that benefit programs and services will continue throughout the County during the federal government shutdown.

Fully staffed EHSD offices will continue to operate during regular business hours.

EHSD Director, Kathy Gallagher stated, “While nobody knows exactly how long the shutdown may last, we are confident that, at this time, EHSD customers will not experience any disruption to the resources that help support, protect and promote self-sufficiency for them and their families.” She continued to explain, “The uncertainty of what is happening at the federal level may be unsettling to our community.  However, we want to reassure our customers that EHSD will continue to help them access the high-quality services we deliver.”

Generally during a federal government shutdown, programs that receive yearly federal appropriation can continue operations using funds already allotted for that fiscal year.

However, a long-term shutdown could impact key programs across the country and in Contra Costa County. These essential services could include:

  • Child Welfare Services, including Child Protective Services and Foster Care
  • Aging & Adult Services, including Adult Protective Services, In-Home Support Services and General Assistance
  • Medi-Cal (Medicaid)
  • CalWORKs/California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF, also known as welfare-to-work)
  • CalFresh (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
  • Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare

EHSD will continue to closely monitor the situation in Washington DC, while also working with the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, and partner organizations, to best ensure continued services to community members.

For more information about benefit programs in Contra Costa County, members of the public can visit

Further details on EHSD‘s continued availability to community residents can be found at Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services: BENEFIT PROGRAMS ARE INTACT FOR CONTRA COSTA COUNTY RESIDENTS DURING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, the source of this information.

Announcement communicated to El Cerrito Nextdoor by Supervisor John Gioia (Joy-a), Contra Costa County.

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