Welcome to CalWORKs.

CalWORKs is a Human Services program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments.

What is CalWORKs?

CalWORKs is a Human Services program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments.

If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.

The amount of a family’s monthly assistance payment depends on a number of factors, including the number of people who are eligible and the special needs of any of those family members. The income of the family is considered in calculating the amount of cash aid the family receives.

There are other programs and benefits, such as Homeless Assistance, for which a family may qualify by being on CalWORKs.

Specific eligibility requirements take into account an applicant’s citizenship, age, income, resources, and other factors. Generally, services are available to:

  • Families that have an age eligible child(ren) in the home or are pregnant and deprived due to one or both parents:
    • Absence,
    • Unemployment,
    • Physical or mental incapacity,
    • Death
  • Resident in California and intend to stay.
  • Provide verification of income.
  • Have less than $2,000 in resources ($3,000 if 60 years or older).
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful immigrant status.
  • Have Social Security Number verification or proof of application for all family members.
  • Proof of immunization for all children under the age of six.
  • All children ages 6 through 17 must be attending school. Eighteen year olds must be in high school or vocational-technical school full time and expect to complete school before the age of 19.
  • Additional facts or verifications may be required.

Needy families may apply for assistance online, via telephone, or by coming in to our office.  A face-to-face interview with an Eligibility Worker will then be required.

The easiest and quickest way to apply for CalWORKs, CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal is online at www.C4Yourself.com

Or in our office at :

333 E. Washington Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Telephone: (209) 468-1000

Once a customer starts to receive CalWORKs, the customer must keep the Eligibility Worker (EW) informed about changes in order to:

  • Ensure CalWORKs benefits are correct
  • Make the EW aware of other needs that can be met through the CalWORKs program
  • Make sure CalWORKs Notices of Action, and other correspondence are sent to the correct address

All CalWORKs recipients, with the exception of Annual Reporting Child Only (AR/CO) recipients, are required to submit a Semi-Annual Eligibility Status Report (SAR 7) once per year (due in the sixth month of the first semi-annual period) followed by the re-certification of eligibility in the sixth month of the second semi-annual period.

Your Eligibility Worker will inform you if you are an AR/CO recipient and what the reporting requirements are for that program.

 

Read Our Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline

(209) 468-1333

Elder Abuse

(209) 468-3780 or
(888) 800-4800

Fraud Hotline

(209) 953-7733