CalWORKs (cash assistance)

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California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)  is a cash aid program for low income families to meet their basic needs. Education, employment, and training programs to help families get jobs and move towards self-sufficiency may be available through the CalWORKs Welfare to Work (WTW) program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for CalWORKs, there must be a child in the home who is deprived of parental support and care because one or both of their parents are:

  • Deceased,
  • Disabled,
  • Unemployed, or
  • Continuously Absent from the home

Note: A child is defined as a person under age 18 (or under age 19 if the child is currently attending high school and will graduate before their 19th birthday)

CalWORKs benefits may be available to the following persons in a family:

    • An eligible child (described above)
    • Parents or caretakers of the eligible child
    • Pregnant women in their last trimester
    • Certain pregnant or parenting teens
    • Certain non-parent relatives who are caring for the child(ren)

In addition, a CalWORKs applicant must meet the residency, income, and resource requirements of the program.

Another condition of eligibility for the CalWORKs program may require parent(s) to participate in the Welfare to Work program. Pregnant or parenting teens may be required to participate in the Cal-Learn program.

Applying for CalWORKs

CalWORKs may be applied for online or in person:

Online - Visit MyBenefits CalWIN to begin the online application process. A face-to-face interview at the Department of Employment and Social Services will be required to complete the CalWORKs application process.

**If an Immediate Need (emergency benefits) is being requested, it is recommended that application be made in person**

In person – To apply in person, visit one of our two offices in Yolo County

25 N. Cottonwood Street, Woodland or
500-A Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento


FAQs

What is CalWORKs?
The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is the State implementation of the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. It provides time-limited cash assistance to families with children. CalWORKs recipients are automatically eligible for Medi-Cal, and may qualify for Food Stamp benefits. Adults in the program are required to participate in a work activity unless determined exempt.
 
Who is eligible for cash assistance?

Cash benefits for the care of needy children may be available when:

  • When one or both parents is deceased
  • When one or both parents is physically or mentally incapacitated
  • When the principal wage earner parent is unemployed
  • When one or both parents is continually absent from the home in which the child is living
Where to apply for cash assistance?

Online – Visit MyBenefits CalWIN to begin the online application process. A face-to-face interview at the Department of Employment and Social Services will be required to complete the RCA application process.

In person –To apply in person, visit one of our two offices in Yolo County

25 N. Cottonwood Street, Woodland or

500-A Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento


What to bring when applying for cash assistance?

n the day you apply for CalWORKs assistance, you will be asked to complete some forms and to listen to an explanation of your rights and responsibilities. You will be given an appointment to return within one working day to see a Social Worker and complete the application process. To expedite the process, you are advised to bring the following items with you if applicable:

  • Identification (Drivers License or California Identification Card)
  • Social Security Card or verification that they have applied for all family members
  • Verification of rent and utilities
  • Statements of Bank Accounts and any other resources
  • Proof from US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) of permanent resident alien status.
  • Immunization
  • Verification of income, wages and Social Security Benefits
  • A copy of vehicle registration
How much cash assistance can be received?
The amount of cash assistance a family receives varies by the number of family members and income.

Are there time limits for receiving cash assistance?
Adults under the CalWORKs program are limited to receiving cash benefits for a lifetime cumulative period of 60 months.

What are CalWORKs Recipients’ Responsibilities?
  • Recipients must inform their worker about specific changes that might affect their benefits within 10 days. The worker will explain the Rights and Responsibilities on what must be reported. Correct and timely reporting is important because the recipient must pay back benefits if too much is issued.
  • Recipients must submit a report each quarter that gives the information needed to make sure that the rules are still being met. This report is called a Quarterly Eligibility/Status Report (QR 7).
  • The Welfare-To-Work program can help get the skills needed to get a job. Recipients will be asked to attend an Orientation that will give information of the responsibilities in finding a job.

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WOODLAND
25 N. Cottonwood Street
Woodland, CA 95695
530-661-2750 or 1-866-226-5415
WEST SACRAMENTO
500-A Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100
W. Sacramento, CA 95605
916-375-6200 or 1-866-226-5415

Days and Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 p.m.