General Assistance (GA) provides cash aid to indigent adults and emancipated minors who are legal residents of Alameda County and who have no other means of support. It is a state-mandated program that is locally administered and funded by the County of Alameda.
All GA benefits are CONSIDERED A LOAN to the individual receiving aid. GA recipients MUST SIGN a reimbursement agreement as a condition of eligibility. Employable recipients may participate in employment service activities. GA recipients who are permanently disabled and/or 62 years and older are required to apply for Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) through the Social Security Administration.