The CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids) program can provide cash assistance to families with children. Certain adults in the program are required to participate in welfare-to-work activities, such as looking for a job, attending job training, working, or furthering their education, which will improve their chances for long term employment and self-sufficiency. CalWORKs employment specialists help parents develop and achieve their career goals, and assist with referrals to Child Development Resources (child care) so that parents can work. CalWORKs participants are automatically eligible for Medi-Cal and may qualify for CalFresh benefits.
You may qualify for CalWORKs if you are a low-income or unemployed parent with dependent children living at home. Countable monthly income must be under a certain limit (see table below). Since there are many kinds of deductions, you are encouraged to apply, even if your income is close to the countable income amount. Also, the property limit is $2,250 per family or $3,250 per family if a member is over age 60 or has disabilities. Examples of property include cash, bank accounts, vehicles, and homes (real property), although the home (primary residence) you live in is not included.
When you apply, you will be asked for information about residency, citizenship, all income, property, school attendance, child support and will be asked to provide Social Security Numbers for all applicants. Additionally, adults will need to have their fingerprints and a photo taken, and provide proof of immunizations for all children.
|Family Size||Monthly Gross|
|Family Size||Monthly Gross|
|1 person||$636||6 people||$1,968|
|2 people||$1,042||7 people||$2,163|
|3 people||$1,292||8 people||$2,354|
|4 people||$1,533||9 people||$2,554|
|5 people||$1,750||10 people||$2,772|
Each extra person
These figures are current as of July 2016
How To Apply
There are two ways to apply for CalWORKs:
1) In My Benefits CalWIN select the "Sign In or Create Account" and follow the step-by-step process. Fill out an online application for CalWORKs Cash Aid for Families with Children. (Note: In-person interview is required for CalWORKs.) MyBenefits CalWIN also allows you to submit an application online for medical services and CalFresh (Food Stamps).
2) Apply in person at a Human Services Agency Community Service Center
Online Report Forms are Now Available
You may now complete your Semi-Annual Report (SAR7) online anytime by clicking My Benefits CalWIN, starting the first day of the month it is due.
Semi-Annual reporting is a prospective budgeting requirement and methodology. You are required to submit a Semi-Annual Eligibility Status Report (SAR7) yearly. The SAR Period is (6) months. The redetermination and/or recertification time-frame requirements are scheduled once per year. CalWORKs mandatory reported changes must be reported within 10 days, such as:
- Your income increases above a certain amount
- Your address changes
Call your worker or 1-888-472-4463 for more details.
Online Access to EBT Account Information
To check your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account balance, view transaction history detail, check claim status, and locate retailers and automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept the EBT card, click California EBT Client Website.
To learn how to replace your lost or damaged EBT card, click California EBT Client Website. If your EBT card is lost or stolen, or if you need to change your PIN: Call (877) 328-9677
Please remember that EBT cards cannot be used at some types of businesses to get cash benefits. Click California EBT Client Website for more information.
New CalWIN Mobile Application
Have an Android, iPhone, or iPad? The CalWIN mobile application ("app") is now available allowing easy access to:
- Check your case status
- Get current benefit amounts
- Check your renewal dates and renew CalFresh benefits
- View your EBT balance
The CalWIN Mobile "app" will also help find the nearest Human Services Agency Community Service Center or America's Job Center using GPS or zip code lookup.
- HSA Assistance Programs booklet (English)
- Folleto de Programas de Asistencia (Español)
- Welfare to Work Participant Handbook
- Childcare - Child Development Resources
- Map to Locations & Services
- CalWORKs Housing Support Program flyer
- Helpful Links & Information