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Department of Employment & Benefit Services

Published on: 12/6/2019 3:28 PM


Welcome to the Department of Employment and Benefit Services (DEBS)

24-HR Automated Infoline:
1-877-96-BENEFITS or

Thank you for visiting the Department of Employment and Benefit Services (DEBS) website. DEBS is a department of the County of Santa Clara’s Social Services Agency that provides low income individuals and families with access to health, financial, nutritional, and employment assistance.  We provide high quality, professional services to eligible residents in a manner that is culturally sensitive and encourages personal responsibility.
To begin your search, all you need to do is select a category listed above and click. This will give you access to information that will help you decide if a particular program may be of assistance to you.




The mission of the Department of Employment and Benefits is to transition public assistance recipients to employment and eventual self-sufficiency and to ensure that low-income individuals and families receive necessary health, nutrition, and employment services.



  • Assist cash assistance recipients in obtaining and retaining employment and help them advance in their careers so that individuals and families may eventually become self-sufficient.
  • Ensure that basic needs are met through the accurate and timely issuance of cash assistance, food stamps, and Medi-Cal to eligible families and individuals.
  • Reduce the number of hungry children/adults/families by outreaching and conducting community-wide food/nutrition campaigns to make nutrition services more accessible and available to more food stamp and Food Bank clients.
  • Ensure healthy families and individuals by promoting strategies to increase the number of eligible children/adults/families who receive health coverage.
  • Promote various housing assistance programs in order to help eligible, low-income families move into permanent housing.



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