Social Services

Social Services Mission:

The mission of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is opening doors, building community, and being of service to County residents needing social, eligibility, or employment and training services.

The Department of Social Services, as part of the Health & Human Services Agency, exists to offer vital human services to the citizens of Nevada County.

Coronavirus Information: Accessing Services Remotely

To protect our community, The Nevada County Social Services Department is encouraging residents to apply for benefits on line or over the phone. Staff will be assisting customers via phone as much as possible.

To apply for public assistance benefits please apply online at, or contact the department at (530) 265-1340.  

Staff will be processing applications as normal and will contact you via phone if there is additional information needed.

If you have any questions about your ongoing benefits please utilize to email your worker or call your worker directly. Your worker is listed on your case benefit paperwork. 

If you need to drop off documents, there are drop boxes located at Brighton Greens and the Rood Center. The Brighton Greens building is closed to the public, but limited essential in-person services are available at the Rood Center. Face coverings are required at all county offices, and disposable masks will be offered to customers who don’t have one.

We encourage you to practice self-care by washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, sneezing and coughing in to a tissue, and by practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering when in public.

Thank you for helping us keep our community healthy. 

Truckee: Accessing Services

  • Services will be provided remotely, by appointment, or walk in
  • For Medi-Cal and Social Services, call 530-582-7803.
  • For Public Health Clinic, call 530-582-7814
  • For existing appointments, staff will reach out to you to discuss your appointment.

Truckee: Accesar Servicios Remotamente

  • Se proporcionarán servicios por sistema electrónico o solo con cita.
  • Para Medi-Cal y Servicios Sociales llame a 530-582-7803.
  • Para la Clínica de Salud Pública y los Servicios de Conducto de Salud llame a 530-582-7814.
  • Para las citas existentes, el personal se comunicará con usted para discutir su cita.

Consumer Programs CA Public Utilities Commission

You may qualify for discounted utility programs based on income or medical needs. Review the following related documents for eligibility and ways to apply:

Cash Assistance

Cash Assistance

Here you can find cash assistance for both families and individuals.

Food Assistance

Food Assistance

CalFresh is a federal program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

Health Care


Medical Coverage is available for individuals and families through programs including Medi-Cal and the County Medical Services Program (CMSP).



Housing Authorities of Nevada and Sutter counties have consolidated to form the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties.

In Home Supportive Services

In-Home Supportive Services

The IHSS Program provides assistance to eligible aged, blind and disabled individuals who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without this assistance.

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Report Child Abuse

Any concerned person can report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. Reports can be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 530-273-4291 or 888-456-9380.

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Report Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse

Any concerned person can report known or suspected elder or dependent adult abuse or neglect. Reports can be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 530-265-1639 or 888-339-7248.

Veterans Services

Veterans Services

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of federal, state and local programs and services.

  1. CalFresh Emergency Allotments Are Ending

    CalFresh Emergency Allotments have provided an additional $95+ in benefits each month to every CalFresh household since March 2020. These benefits are ending due to a change at the federal level - the last Emergency Allotment will be issued in March 2023. Learn More
  2. Scam Alert: EBT Text Messages

    Scammers have been sending text messages asking community members to provide personal information about their EBT cards. The County and State will NEVER text or call you to ask for your EBT card number or PIN (personal identification number). Learn More
  3. Nevada County and Sierra Roots Open Cold Weather Shelter Thursday Night, January 19th

    The National Weather Service predicts COLD weather Thursday night, January 19th. Considering the weather prediction, Sierra Roots and the County of Nevada are activating the Cold Weather Shelter Protocol for that night. Learn More
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