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Yes. In order to qualify for CalWORKs you must be the parent and/or caretaker relative of:
No, CalWORKs recipients must either be U.S citizens or have legal alien status.
If you have a cash emergency, you may apply for an Immediate Need payment when you apply for CalWORKs. Tell your Eligibility Specialist if you have an emergency.
Immediate Need payments may be available to families in emergency situations while the CalWORKs application is being processed. The maximum immediate need payment is $200. If you are apparently eligible for the CalWORKs program, you may be eligible for an Immediate Need Payment, within 24 hours, based on an emergency situation that may include, but is not limited to the following:
To apply for Immediate Need after you have submitted your CalWORKs application, but prior to having your CalWORKs granted, you may submit this CW 4 – Immediate Need Payment Request. English Spanish
For more information, contact your worker or call 707-253-4511.
The goal of CalWORKs is to provide cash aid to meet basic needs while a family moves toward increased self-sufficiency through employment. Benefits may not stop simply because a family member becomes employed.
Usually the amount of cash aid goes down as a family’s income increases. However, earned income is not counted dollar for dollar against the CalWORKs maximum aid payment. Certain earned income deductions are allowed that reduce the income used to calculate the cash aid amount to less than half the gross amount.
Some income, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is never used, while all of other income such as Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB) is counted. Student grants and loans are usually not used but some Veteran’s Administration (VA) school grants are counted minus the costs of books and tuition.
No. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income / State Supplemental Payment (SSI / SSP), you already receive a cash form of public assistance and are not eligible for CalWORKs. You may apply for other household members who do not receive SSI / SSP.
You may choose to have your payments issued either on a plastic debit card called the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or directly to your bank account each month.
Your cash aid benefits are automatically placed on your EBT card within the first three days of each month depending on your case number. If you have elected to receive your cash aid through direct deposit to your bank account, you will receive your benefits on the first day of each month.
For more information on how to use your EBT card please click here for English or here for Spanish.
If you would like more information on how to enroll in direct deposit, please review, complete, and return the SSSD 2005 – Direct Deposit Information and Authorization. You may choose to stop direct deposit payments by contacting your Eligibility Specialist.
Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) cards do not work for various reasons, such as the card may not be active, or there are no remaining benefits. You may call your Eligibility Specialist at 707-253-4511 or the EBT Customer Service Helpdesk at 877-328-9677 for assistance.
Call the EBT Customer Service Helpdesk at 877-328-9677 to report your card lost or stolen immediately. At this time you may also request a new card be mailed to you.
If you need a new card right away contact your Eligibility Specialist or go to 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building A to obtain a new card.