Changes to Welfare Benefit Qualified Indigent People

Changes to California’s Orange County Welfare Program Will Benefit Qualified Indigent People, Including Those With Disabilities

The County of Orange and DREDF, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and The Public Interest Law Project have reached an agreement on changes that will be made to the County’s General Relief (GR) Program, which provides cash assistance to indigent adults. Most recipients also receive medical benefits and CalFresh, and a significant percentage are people with disabilities. DREDF brought this class–action case to remedy systemic disability discrimination by the County. The reforms will include easier transitions to the better–funded federal SSI program, and ADA–mandated reasonable accommodations such as assistance with forms, home visits, and the provision of auxiliary aids.

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