The Enroll LA campaign is a comprehensive LA Countywide engagement initiative that seeks to ensure eligible families and individuals access CalFresh and other public benefits they are eligible to receive. Families will also be encouraged to file their taxes to access both the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
Funded by the California Community Foundation, Enroll LA engages 18 organizations to provide outreach, FREE CalFresh enrollment and FREE tax preparation service.
What is Calfresh?
CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) is an entitlement program that provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption. Benefits may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or paper products. CalFresh eligibility screening includes questions about the applicant’s household income, household size, expenses, utilities, membership in special populations (ie. veterans, adults over 60 years old, people with disabilities), and immigration status.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if the people applying for CalFresh are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, they may apply on behalf of other members in the household who are. For example, undocumented parents can apply for these benefits for their US citizen children.
Many people's immigration status is no longer at risk if they receive benefits such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Section 8, and Public Housing. The Biden Administration has eliminated the most restrictive Public Charge policies of the Trump Administration. This happened in March 2021 when the 1999 rules were reinstated.
Tax Credits, what are they?
Tax Credits are a reduction in the amount of taxes you owe. The credits are generally designed to encourage or reward certain types of behaviors that are considered beneficial to the economy, the environment, or to further any other purpose the government deems important. Our aim is to help families and/or individuals in obtaining the following credits: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), California Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Young Child Tax Credit.
Some credits are refundable and can INCREASE your tax refund by HUNDREDS of dollars! When you owe $0 in taxes, these credits are your refund. For example, if you owe $350 on your taxes and qualify for the $1,000 Child Tax Credit, you could get $650 back!