The Alameda County Board of Supervisors, which is facing a $180 million budget deficit, voted 3-2 Tuesday to revise its general assistance program in an effort to save $12 million.
Yolanda Baldovinos, the county's Social Services Agency director, said the cuts are necessary because the program is running at a projected $11.5 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
General assistance provides a stipend for needy adults who do not qualify for state and federal aid.
About 9,000 residents receive $336 a month in general assistance from the Alameda County Social Services Agency.
The changes approved Tuesday include allowing the county to put a three-month time limit on recipients who are deemed to be employable and reducing the $336 monthly stipend by $40 for recipients who are eligible to receive free health care services.
The board's action also reduces general assistance grants by 25 percent for people who share housing.
Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley voted against the cuts.