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The Department of Employment and Temporary Assistance focuses on providing temporary and supportive services to individuals and families in need, while assisting them to achieve their goal of financial self-reliance. The "Work First" philosophy of CalWORKs assures that anyone who wants to work will be given that opportunity, and our department is committed to assisting those with employment barriers in overcoming them and joining the thousands who have left the welfare rolls. Those leaving CalWORKs may still request "safety net" services such as Medi-Cal, Food Stamps and child care.

E&TA has over 1,400 staff in various locations throughout Fresno County, and is continuing its efforts to provide regionally based services to better serve residents of small and remote communities. We have expanded our role in the community beyond the issuance of benefits, and are actively developing strategies to bring improved services to all areas of the County, partnering with other agencies to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to client services, and improving the lives of the working poor.

Mission Statement: "The Department of Employment and Temporary Assistance provides a safety-net through a variety of public assistance and employment services to adults and children, with dignity and respect, in order to improve their lives and assist them attaining self-sufficiency".


Core Values

  • E&TA will promote, encourage and respect the concept of self-determination, personal responsibility, and economic independence.
  • E&TA will respect the cultural uniqueness of our clients as we seek to rehabilitate and strengthen individual and family functioning.
  • E&TA will help the client accurately assess the need for services provided by the Human Services System.
  • E&TA will remain accountable and responsive to the public and will strive to deliver services effectively and efficiently with minimal error.
  • E&TA will promote positive teamwork within the Department, the Human Services System, and the community at large.