CalWORKs Cash Aid

What is CalWORKs Cash Aid?

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program offers temporary cash aid, employment services and health insurance to eligible families who have children under age 19. This is California's version of the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

CalWORKs provides time-limited cash payments to families with children under 19 when one or both parents is absent, disabled, deceased or unemployed. If eligible for CalWORKs you automatically qualify for Medi-Cal and may also qualify for CalFresh.

CalWORKs Benefits

  • Temporary cash aid (EBT card or direct deposit)
  • Welfare-to-Work services to help families become self-reliant, including:
    • Child care
    • Substance abuse and mental health services
    • Transportation reimbursement
    • Job training
    • Up to 12 months of educational assistance
  • Medi-Cal Health Benefits
  • CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps) if eligible.

CalWORKs Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program

Information for CalWORKs recipients who received notice that you may be eligible for a one-time education incentive of either $500 or $1,000.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be receiving cash aid
  • Complete the CalWORKs Application (PDF, 645 KB)
  • Verify that you graduated from high school or its equivalent on or after Jan. 1, 2018 - and/or - verify that you are enrolled in a career training or college degree program as part of an approved Welfare to Work plan, and the term begins on or after Jan. 1, 2018.

Funding is limited. Submit a completed application to the Human Services Department by mail or in person at either of our Application centers.