Temporary Assistance for Needy Families • Cash Assistance • FInancial Assistance • Family Support Services • Housing Assistance • Food Assistance • Utilities Assistance • Health Care Assistance
California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) provides temporary financial assistance for eligible needy families who have lost or had a reduction in their income. The program is designed to provide families the means to meet their basic needs in times of hardship, while helping them to enter or re-enter the workforce and become self-sufficient.
The CalWORKs Temporary Assistance program imposes a time limit of 48 months of assistance, unless an exception applies. Cash assistance is made available through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) process. EBT works like a regular bank account with a debit card and can be used to make purchases or withdraw cash from ATMs.
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- CalWORKs benefits may be available to the following:
- Families with minor children in the home who lack the necessary support because of the absence, disability, death or unemployment of one or both parents.
- Caregivers providing care for foster children
- Pregnant women with no other children
- Grandparents or other relatives caring for minor children may be eligible for assistance through the Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Program -Click here for detailed eligibility criteria
- This service is free
- Adults accepted
How to Apply
Apply for CalWORKs in person at your local DPSS Office, or apply
online. Applicants must meet with an eligibility worker to review CalWORKs rules and eligibility and to provide the necessary documentation. Required documentation includes:
- Photo ID for each parent or caretaker in the home
- Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status
- Social Security card and birth certificate for every family member
- Immunization records for every child under the age of six years for whom aid is requested
- Documentation of all assets (e.g., car title/registration, deeds to land, bank accounts, stocks, trust funds)
- Proof of earned and unearned income (e.g., child support, SSI, unemployment benefits)
Click here for a full checklist of required documentation.
All adults in the household will also be photographed and fingerprinted as part of the application process. Exemptions apply in limited circumstances.
Applicants experiencing an emergency situation should notify staff and provide documentation of the situation: this may expedite the process of receiving funds.