The Peoples Guide To Welfare Health and Other Services

We are currently OUT of both English & Spanish versions of the Peoples Guides. Check back to see availability. You can still access the PDF version.

2020 Peoples Guide Now Available!

New rules, information, and programs including:

  • The NEW State Rent Control law
  • Real ID—who needs one and how do you get it?
  • The latest information on DACA for immigrant youth
  • How you can expunge convictions to help with job searches
  • WIC is going to an EBT card system
  • What are Blue Cars and how can you use them?
  • Diaper banks



  • Will I need a Real ID to apply for benefits? — pg 71
  • What is the new state Rent Control law? — pg 5
  • Will the DACA program be continued? — pg 62
  • What families can get $1,000 at tax time if they have a child under 6? — pg 9
  • Can I get help paying for health insurance? — pg 53
  • Can people getting SSI now get CalFresh? — pg 30, 38
  • Is the new WIC EBT card the same as CalFresh? — pg 43
  • How can I get a job if I have a criminal record? — pg 10
  • Can I rent a low-cost car in L.A.? — pg 59

Published since the late 1970s, the Peoples Guide has become the standard guidebook of public social services for people working in the field, people in need of help, and those just helping their neighbors. (View the PDF version via links at the bottom of this page.)

All English and Spanish copies of the 2020 edition have been distributed. You can still access the PDF version via links below (scroll down)

This 72–page newsprint booklet gives you all you need to know about applying for

  • Financial assistance for individuals and families
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Job training
  • Help for people in re-entry
  • Dept. of Rehabilitation
  • Child Care
  • Foster Care
  • Tax Rebates
  • Social Security and SSI
  • CalFresh
  • Child Nutrition and WIC
  • Help with Car Insurance and Smog Check Costs
  • Low-Cost Phone Service and Utility Bill Assistance
  • Housing (including assistance for Transitional Foster Youth)
  • Phone Numbers for Legal Assistance


The basic charge is $1.25 a copy. Individual orders of up to 2 books are free for low-income people.

Online Orders

The Peoples Guides to Welfare Health and Other Services can be ordered online using our store. We are out of English and Spanish versions for 2020. Please check back to see when they become available again. You can still access the PDF versions below.

Store: Peoples Guides

For Bulk Orders contact: [email protected] 
Include your name, address, and quantity of English and Spanish copies.

We ask that agencies purchase copies so we can pay for publication, translation, and mailing costs. Discounts of various types are available for large orders. contact [email protected]

View The Peoples Guide Here in PDF Format

Peoples Guide English (2020) PDF

Peoples Guide Spanish (2020) PDF

(To save a copy of the PDF, right-click and select 'save link as' or 'download linked file')

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  • Andre Braido
    commented 2020-04-23 06:04:46 -0700
    A melhor pousada de Campos do jordao
  • Andre Braido
    commented 2020-04-23 05:38:30 -0700
    Very amazing this guide, I loved the reference and I really enjoyed the guide, a certain friend pointed me in too, thanks for reminding me.
  • lorraine lluch
    commented 2019-11-14 23:17:34 -0800
    Thank you for this guide. It helps me a lot. <a href=“”" rel="nofollow">"></a>
  • Mohan
    commented 2019-10-15 03:40:01 -0700
    These guides are very helpful. Thank you. I have shared this with my friends in LA.
  • Alicen Vera
    commented 2019-03-18 13:20:21 -0700
    Do other counties in California have these guides?
  • Anna Trawer
    commented 2018-07-17 12:52:15 -0700
    We will share this with others who are in need of help.
  • Anna Trawer
    commented 2018-07-17 12:51:06 -0700
    We will share this with others who are in need of help.
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  • Travis Jupp
    commented 2018-06-25 18:42:11 -0700
    There is an issue viewing the PDF in certain browsers, in which case you should download the Peoples Guide PDF to view on your computer locally. –Thanks!
  • Travis Jupp
    commented 2018-06-11 14:53:31 -0700
    Update: The Peoples Guide 2018 is now available!
  • Naveed Kharrat
    commented 2018-06-05 18:57:33 -0700
    This is awesome – my mom always had this in her room growing up as a young social worker. We’ve been volunteering in Long Beach and Los Angeles for years in helping people get in new services and what not around the City. Our business has helped out with the local communities as well.
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  • Patty Mattos
    commented 2018-02-12 04:05:48 -0800
    Very amazing this guide, I loved the reference and I really enjoyed the guide, a certain friend pointed me in too, thanks for reminding me.
  • Patty Mattos
    commented 2018-02-12 04:05:08 -0800
    Very amazing this guide, I loved the reference and I really enjoyed the guide, a certain friend pointed me in too, thanks for reminding me.
  • Lavc CalWORKs
    commented 2017-09-07 12:36:17 -0700
    This guide is amazing!!! Thank you for putting this together!!
  • Travis Jupp
    commented 2017-03-20 12:01:52 -0700
    Peoples Guide Spanish is now Available to view in PDF, or for purchase.
  • Frank Tamborello
    commented 2017-03-02 11:37:48 -0800
    Peoples Guide 2017 English is now available as PDF and for purchase! Contact: [email protected] to order until the order form is back up, Thanks!
  • Ana Cardoso Goncalve
    commented 2016-07-25 16:16:29 -0700
    The Peoples Guides helped me a lot, thanks for sharing this guide with us!
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  • Travis Jupp
    commented 2015-11-10 17:21:53 -0800
    Notification! We are currently out of Peoples Guides and are ordering more. Please join our mailing list to be informed as soon as more are available. Email [email protected] with “subscribe to mailing list” in the subject line. Thanks for your patience! –Trav
  • Travis Jupp
    commented 2014-07-03 11:17:50 -0700
    “Hello advocates—-We are researching and updating the new 2014-2015 Edition of the Peoples Guide. We anticipate having books out by September 15. Please contact us with your order then or you may send us a pre-order. Indicate number of books you would like and which language (Spanish or English, or a certain number of each.) Thank you.”

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