Public Benefits

ICLC seeks to combat the effects of poverty by helping people access resources and programs to meet basic human needs. ICLC’s public benefits advocates, for example, help homeless and low-income people living with disabilities apply for the benefits they need and to which they are entitled.

  • ICLC has developed a specialty assisting people who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project also helps veterans obtain disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • We assist homeless and low-income individuals and families with a variety of state and federal public benefits programs, including Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), California State Disability (SDI), Medi-Cal, Medicare, In Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), CalWORKS, GAIN, CalFresh/SNAP (food stamps) and General Relief.

Many of these assistance programs have complex eligibility rules and burdensome reporting requirements which make them difficult for people to access. ICLC’s staff provide free services to help people navigate these complexities. Through ICLC, our clients obtain the assistance they need to pull themselves out of homelessness or avoid falling into homelessness.

For more information about how you can help with this project please visit our Get Involved page or contact our Director of Pro Bono at For more information about how Inner City Law Center can help you please visit our Get Help page.