CalWORKs provides monthly cash aid, access to food and health care benefits, and other services for families with children.[1439] The State of California runs CalWORKs as part of the federal government’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.[1440] Both the federal and California governments set the major rules for this program, but each county runs their own program, and each county may have slightly different rules for how to apply and available services.[1441]

  1. 1439

    See California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Cal. Dep’t of Soc. Servs.,

  2. 1440

    See Office of Family Assistance. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program,

  3. 1441

    See Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 11000. The California Department of Social Services interprets these laws through All County Letters and its Manual of Policy and Procedures, Divisions 40-45, and 80-82.

  1. Am I eligible for CalWORKs?

  2. Can my criminal history limit my ability to get CalWORKs?

  3. What benefits and services can I get through CalWORKs?

  4. How do I apply for CalWORKs?

  5. Can I apply for CalWORKs while incarcerated?

  6. How do I receive my CalWORKs benefits?

  7. Once I’m enrolled in CalWORKs, what rules must I follow?

  8. I believe my CalWORKs was wrongly denied or stopped. How do I appeal?