EBT limitations . . . good or bad

The uptight Responsible Republican in me wants to regulate everything and ensure the money given to recipients is used wisely and in ways I would spend it on their behalf.  I am a control freak.

Apparently, I am not the only one:

“The locations where you can use your EBT card to withdraw cash may have changed. Please check the list of locations on this website to see where you can withdraw cash benefits in your area. You can no longer get your cash benefits at ATMs and point of sale devices in liquor stores that don’t accept your CalFresh benefits. You also can’t get your cash benefits at casinos, poker rooms, card rooms, adult entertainment businesses, bail bonds, night clubs/saloons/taverns, bingo halls, race tracks, gun/ammunition stores, cruise ships, psychic readers, smoking shops, cannabis shops, tattoo/piercing shops, and spa/massage salons.” – State of California web site

That is great and all until you are stuck on Lankershim in North Hollywood and there is someone sketchy hanging at the 7-11 so you have to find somewhere else to get your cash benefits. Check it out – the only other atm;s are in the line of strip clubs. Or, imagine a friend got you into Downtown Disney or inside Disneyland or Universal Studios and you want to pull $20 for water and sunblock. Nope: your card won’t work. WTF? So, you can use it at the convenience store down the street from the attraction but not 400 yards later in the park? Lake making it inconvenient is a kindness or is it like when I have a houseguest I don’t like and start putting parental controls on the TV timer? (I love you Andrea but your weekend ended 2 weeks ago – leave).

 

E.B.T. and @CapitalOneCafe ATMs

If you dont like banks, or getting dressed up,  and prefer working digitally with little human interaction, then you might be banking at @CapitalOne. I do, but mostly because they let me put a photo on a credit card 4 years ago(…but whatThe ever).

So it came to my attention that folks with EBT cards who wanted to pull put the cash benefit to pay rent or other bills through their bank accounts had a problem.

Capital One only has 1  brick and mortar store with an ATM that you could deposit cash into. This ATM was in Santa Monica. Finally Capital One opened up a branch and the Americana at Glendale. But then the problem happened that their ATM machines would not read the EBT cards even though it had the “Quest”God symbol on it. EBT card holders had to walk down the street to Bank of America to withdraw their money and pay a $3 surcharge for the privilege, then walk two blocks back to Capital One where they could deposit the cash into their bank accounts. I do not know about you but walking around with a couple hundred dollars and cash in my pocket would make me feel very nervous.

Finally they fixed it and the Capital One machines read the cash benefit amounts from the EBT card.


The next goal should be using two cards to pull money from the EBT account and depositing it into the bank account without having to pull the physical cash out and put it back into the machine

All you need to know about the Tap bus card

Do you remember having to have exact change and buying $0.2 cent paper transfers as you rode across town on the bus?

Those days are long gone for any transit system and a new plan is in place. It is called the TAP card because you “tap” it against a big blue button and the smart chip inside it automatically sends information and deducts the balance to your account. Neat-o!

The TAP card replaces your traditional paper passes and premium stamps. You’ll need to purchase a TAP card to continue to get the same reduced-fare discount or standard pass at the rate you’re currently enjoying. In addition to storing passes, a TAP card can be used to store cash value, or you can load both cash value and passes onto your card.

The advantages of using a TAP card instead of cash include the convenience of never having to worry about carrying exact change and the added security of balance protection. You may load cash value onto your TAP card at any of the locations below:

Antelope Valley Transit Authority
42210 6th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9445
City of Huntington Park
6550 Miles Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Culver City CPOS – City Hall
9770 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Culver City Transportation Department
4343 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
Foothill Transit Store – City of Industry
Puente Hills Mall
1600 Azusa Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748
Foothill Transit Store – Claremont
Claremont TransCenter
200 W. First St.
Claremont, CA 91711
Foothill Transit Store – El Monte
El Monte Bus Station
3501 Santa Anita, 2nd floor
El Monte, CA 91731
Foothill Transit Store – Pomona
Pomona TransCenter
100 W. Commercial Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
Foothill Transit Store – West Covina
Washington Mutual Building
100 South Vincent Ave., 2nd floor
West Covina, CA 91790
LADOT Transit Store (Los Angeles Mall)
201 N Los Angeles St. #18B
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 808-2273
Long Beach Transit: Transit & Visitor Information Center
130 East First Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 591-2301
Norwalk Transit System Customer Service
12650 East Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650
City of Santa Clarita City Hall, 1st Floor Cashier
23920 Valencia Blvd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 294-1287
City of Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility
28250 Constellation
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 294-1287
Saugus Drugs & Hallmark
27641 Bouquet Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 296-3980
Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
20850 Centre Pointe Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 250-3700

You can purchase a pass and have it loaded onto your TAP card at all the usual locations.

Go to ” taptogo.com” and look on the map. Sort by zip code or city.

Buy your Tap Card at Ralphs
Buy your Tap Card at Ralphs
In case you need to drink while someone else drives.
In case you need to drink while someone else drives.

You can use your EBT card to buy the pass with your cash amount at the store or TAP machine, but not at a ticket window.

You can also use a phone to order during a call.  I have called and they were very nice to me. Email:customerservice@taptogo.netPhone:1.866.TAPTOGO
Monday ~ Friday – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday/Sunday – ClosedMailP.O. Box 811310
Los Angeles, CA 90081

The same low fares. The same monthly discounts

Reduced-fare passes are now available to load onto your TAP card!

Whether you’re an existing Senior, Disabled or Student rider, or a new rider who meets program eligibility requirements, now’s the time to move to TAP and take advantage of the card’s built-in advantages, like free balance protection and smart-chip enabled remote fare loading.

With paper passes, stamps and student ID cards no longer being sold, existing reduced-fare pass holders must obtain a TAP card to continue receiving their reduced-fare rate.

Applicant eligibility varies by municipality (e.g. senior discount participation begins at 60, 62, or 65 years depending on the transit system), so be sure to check the specific reduced-fare eligibility requirements for the lines you ride.

Senior TAP ID Card

Seniors 62 years or older (60+ in Santa Clarita Transit District and Pasadena ARTS) qualify for a Senior TAP ID Card. There is no charge for the card itself, but you must supply a full-face photo (1″ X 1-1/4″ or 2” X 2”) along with valid ID showing proof of age (California ID, California Drivers License, passport, or a birth certificate accompanied by any photo ID). You can apply for your Senior TAP ID Card at any Metro or participating Municipal Customer Center locations. Seniors may also mail in copies of the required documentation and a full-face photo to the TAP Service Center, PO Box 811310, Los Angeles, CA, 90081. Get an application online: English | Spanish

LACTOA Disabled TAP ID Card

To obtain your LACTOA Disabled TAP ID Card, you must provide proof of eligibility or a Medicare card. Completed applications, a full-face photo, required documentation and a processing fee can be submitted at any Metro or participating Municipal Customer Center location or mailed to the TAP Reduced Fare Office, One Gateway Plaza, M.S. 99-PL-4, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952. Get an application online: English | Spanish

College/Vocational TAP ID Card

To qualify for a College/Vocational discount, you must complete the College/Vocational TAP ID application available at select schools, Metro or participating Municipal Customer Center locations or online. Submit the completed application at any Metro or participating Municipal Customer Center location or mail it to the TAP Reduced Fare Office, One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-PL-4, Los Angeles, CA, 90012-2952. Get an application online: English | Spanish

Undergraduate and graduate students must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited school in Los Angeles County for a minimum of 12 units or 12 hours of in-classroom study per week for a minimum of 3 consecutive months. If you are enrolled in a summer program that meets for less than 3 months and/or 1 units, you can still qualify only if you met the eligibility requirements in the preceding spring term.

K-12 Student TAP Card

Student TAP card applications are now available. Once the TAP application is completed and submitted, a student can expect to receive a TAP card in 6-8 weeks. This new TAP card will then replace the student’s existing paper fare card. Students should make sure to apply early for TAP. Get an application online: English |Spanish

Fares & Discounts.

Money, Poverty, Prejudice and Being “A Basic”

Somewhere in all of Ben Franklin’s writings is a statement that is acceptable to change your mind in the face of better evidence and knowledge and to remain stubbornly in your mindset makes you a fool and a slave to your ego.

With this in mind, I am always re-evalutaing my stance on things and constantly finding that I am one of those “basic girls” who lives in Suburbia , loves Target a little too much, and has rock hard abs … I mean absolute opinions about things I know better than to have those views on. I also kinda want to leave the saving the world gig at the office or designated to dedicated volunteer time.

Because we are all friends here, and this is a blog I am writing from my personal opinion for the average acquaintance, I will give you some examples

  1. I am still a registered Republican. I just can’t forego the hope that they will get it together and stop their quirky and dangerous ideas about needing to dominate women’s choices.
  2. Even I still think of an old black man when I first think about homelessness. Now, on Skid Row, that was my average demographic so it is almost understandable. But, it blows my mind to actually force myself to acknowledge that all the kids I see at work are homeless. All. The. Kids.
  3. Asking for a better situation for myself and demanding respect still fills me with dread and guilt. When I do dig in my heals I am always sure to hear what a stuck up B*tch I am to think I am so uppity and too good for the people who act out. (Yes Donald Nelson and Ryan Scott Keith – I am looking at you.)
  4. Change is scary. I have has the same job for eight years because I am too afraid to change. Right now I have applications into Graduate schools and I am terrified as much by the idea of acceptance as by rejection.
  5. I still want to blame poverty on personal choices and laziness. (OMG, now you see why the Republican Party has not disowned me yet – right?) It is convenient and easy to understand if only on a surface level and it irradiates any chance that I might be participating in society’s behaviors to create a lower class of citizens. This is especially true of my week long E-Bay addiction. I had to remind myself that anything I can order for under a dollar from China is probably made by a person not being paid a living wage and certainly not living in humane conditions – but my consumption of the product keeps their employers in business.

But, the crazy thing is that I am social worker who works with poor people all the time, and am by “living wage” standards living below the poverty line myself. I know better. I am supposed to be teaching you to be better informed and more compassionate.

Like I said : I am always changing.

money , poverty , and prejudice
money , poverty , and prejudice

@target #target @ebay #ebay #prejudice #poverty @gop #republican #basicbitch @DPSS_CalFresh

SCAM * EBT Card Smart Phone App

There is no approved app to check your assistance $
There is no approved app
to check your assistance $

Beware of Fake Smart Phone Apps

  • The State of California does not offer a smart-phone application (app) for EBT. If you want information about your EBT benefits, please visit the California EBT Client Website at www.ebt.ca.gov or call the toll-free California EBT Customer Service helpline at (877) 328-9677.
  • There are illegal phone apps that try to get your personal information and get access to your EBT benefits. Never give out your EBT card and/or personal identification number (PIN) in any website or smartphone, except your local county website or the EBT Client Website: www.ebt.ca.gov.
  • One scam is tricking smart-phone users into using fake apps that asks for your banking information, ID, password, card number, and/or your PIN. If you are a smart-phone user, DO NOT use apps that ask for personal information.

Recent Internet Scams – PLEASE BEWARE

  • Scams offering a “free government cell phone” or “free gift cards”. They ask for your personal information, card number and/or PIN.
  • New benefit recipients are contacted by a “protection plan” company that says they are part of the state program. They ask for personal information from cardholders, getting enough to steal benefits from the cardholders’ accounts.
  • People who say they are “concerned citizens” posting warnings about EBT card security. They give a telephone number that is close to a real customer service helpline telephone number (maybe one number is different). A cardholder calls the number, and then is asked for personal information, account number, and a PIN. 
  • ♥♥♥ from http://www.ebtproject.ca.gov/
  • En Espanol – foodstamps

    Appliqué Para Estampillas de Comida

     

    Sobre este sitio
    La intención de nuestro sitio de la red es de proveer un recurso electrónico para la comunidad latina en su propia lengua. En el proceso de crear este recurso, nos estamos creando un idioma para hablar de las estampillas de comida y una cultura de promoción y colaboración. Haga clic aquí para aprender más sobre nuestra discusión del idioma.

    Hay tres tipos de público potencial para esta página Web:

    • clientes y clientes potenciales que están buscando información,
    • los promotores y las promotoras que ya son expertos en promoción,
    • los promotores potenciales, lideres comunitarios y los aliados de la comunidad latina que les interesa aprender mas sobre la promoción de las estampillas de comida.

    Sobre esta Colaboración
    Este sitio de la red es una colaboración de los asociados del Comité de la Dirección, la Asociación de Bancos de Comida en California (CAFB) y el Centro del Congreso Contra el Hambre (CHC). El desarrollo del http://www.misalimentos.org fue parte de la tarea de Katherine Moos en su asignación de seis meses de trabajo en la CAFB como parte del Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. Para desarrollar un sitio en español, Katherine continua la tarea de Anyu Fang, quien creó el sitio eninglés www.myfoodstamps.org como parte de su tarea de Emerson Hunger Fellowship en 2006-2007.

     

    Cal-Fresh (akak Foodstamps) on EBT explained.

    LA County is doing a great job at outreach to explain the service.

    They are posting information fact sheets here:

    http://www.ladpss.org/dpss/calfresh/brochures.cfm

    http://www.ladpss.org/dpss/calfresh/pdf/brochures/CalFreshBenefitsEBTCardBrochure(English).pdf

     

    This is the text from one of them.

    Food stamp benefits are now a card  not coupons:
    Food stamps are not paper coupons anymore. Now you get an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. It is called the Golden State Advantage Card, and it works like a debit card from a bank. Your monthly benefit is put on the card automatically each month. When you buy food at the store, you just slide the card through the card reader like an ordinary debit or credit card.
    The card is faster, safer, and more  private:
    With the card, you can pay for your purchases faster than counting out coupons. The card is easier to carry than coupons, and it is more private because it looks like an ordinary debit or credit card. It is also safer and more secure, because unlike paper coupons no one else can use your card if it is lost or stolen. The card also cuts down on food stamp program fraud and abuse.
    Easy to use:
    Your monthly food stamp benefit is put on the card automatically each month. When you buy food at the store, you just slide the card through the card reader at the checkout register like an ordinary debit or credit card. The total amount of your purchases is deducted from your benefit balance. You can use the card to buy food at  most supermarkets, at many smaller neighborhood and ethnic markets, and if you are homeless, elderly, or disabled you may purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants.
    Checking your balance:
    You can check your benefits balance at any time by calling the toll-free Customer Service Center number, 1-(877) 328-9677, or for TTY,  1-(800) 735-2929. You can also see your balance on your printed receipt every time you make a purchase with your card.
    If you lose your card:
    Unlike paper coupons, no one else can use your Golden State Advantage Card. If your card is lost or stolen, call the toll-free Customer Service Center number  1-(877)328-9677, or for TTY, 1-(800)735-2929 immediately to cancel your old
    card and get a new one

    Restaurant Questions and Answers

    Participant Questions
    How can you use Food Stamps to pay for eating out?
    1.
    What can the Restaurant Meals do for me?
      The Restaurant Meals Program allows homeless, elderly (age 60 or over), and disabled CalFresh individuals to use CalFresh benefits to purchase prepared meals using Golden State Advantage (EBT) card at participating restaurants.
    2.
    How can I find out if I am eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program?
      If you are homeless, elderly (age 60 or over), receive Social Security Disability, Railroad Retirement Benefit Annuities, or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), you may be eligible to purchase meals at participating restaurants.
    3.
    Do I have to apply for the Restaurant Meals Program?
      No, an application is not required, if you are eligible to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.  That is, you meet one of the conditions in question #2.
    4.
    How do I find out if a restaurant is participating in the program?
      A restaurant is participating in the program if the Restaurant Meals Program sign or logo is displayed on its door or window. You may also click here for the list of participating restaurants or ask your Eligibility Worker for a list.
    5.
    Do I have to show an identification card aside from my Golden State Advantage (EBT) card to purchase a meal?
      No, an identification card is no longer required.  All you need is your EBT card to purchase a meal.
    6.
    After purchasing a meal, do I get a sales receipt showing my CalFresh benefit balance?
      Yes, your sales receipt will show the cost of your meal and your CalFresh benefit balance.
    7.
    Will I be charged a service gratuity or sales tax if I purchase a meal?
      No, the participating restaurant is not allowed to charge a service gratuity or sales tax under the Restaurant Meals Program.
    8.
    If my EBT CalFresh benefit is not enough to purchase a meal, can I use the EBT cash benefit to cover the difference for payment?
      Yes, you must inform the cashier that you will use a mixed transaction (EBT CalFresh and EBT cash combined).  Before you buy a meal, check your last receipt or you may call the toll-free EBT Customer Service number (1-877-328-9677 or the TTY at 1-800-735-2929) to find out the balance in your EBT CalFresh account.
    9.
    What do I do if my EBT CalFresh transaction is denied by a participating restaurant?
      You must call your CalFresh Eligibility Worker or call the EBT Customer Service Center number (1-877-328-9677 or the TTY at 1-800-735-2929).
    10.
    Need more information?
      For more information about the Restaurant Meals Program, call your CalFresh Eligibility Worker or you may call Central Help Line at (1-877-481-1044)
    Balance Inquiry
    Balance Inquiry is finding out how much you have left to spend from your cash and/or Food Stamp accounts.
    The best way to know your balances is to KEEP YOUR LAST RECEIPT.
    If you lose your last receipt and need to know your balance:
     
    call the toll-free Customer Service Center (1-877-328-9677 or the TTY at 1-800-735-2929) on the back of your card; or
     
    check your Food Stamp account balance at a POS device; and/or
     
    check your cash balance at an ATM.
      Note: Checking your cash balance at an ATM will cost $.25.
    Know your balance before you shop!
     

    tips on how to use your EBT card :http://www.ladpss.org/dpss/ebt/brochure/ebt_2_ebt_tips_rev.pdf

    The County of Los Angeles provided all this informaiton

    Hey DPSS Webmaster

    Update your web page.

    The Food Stamp Program was established to improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. It does that by increasing their food-buying power, so they are able to purchase the amount of food their household needs. Food Stamps are issued in dollar denomination coupons and are used instead of money at the grocery store.

     

    ummm, Food Stamps have been issued on an electronic Debit Card sine 2005  ..