California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is temporary financial assistance for eligible needy families with minor children who have lost or had a reduction in their income. The program is designed to provide families the means to meet their basic needs in times of hardship, while helping them to enter or re-enter the workforce and become self-sufficient.

The number of eligible family members, their special needs, the household income, values of real and personal property all affect the cash aid total. Although most of the information needed to determine eligibility must be verified through third party documentation, it is kept confidential and is not used for any purpose that is not directly related to the administration of the program.  

The CalWORKs Temporary Assistance program limits adults to 48 months of assistance. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. Further details about time limits will be provided during the application process or by clicking here.

Cash assistance is made available through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) process.  EBT works very similar to a regular bank account with a debit card. Through the use of a plastic card (like an ATM card) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN), a CalWORKs recipient can access their account for a cash withdrawal at any time from a retailer, bank or ATM that displays the EBT logo. The card can also be used for purchases at any store that has an EBT display.

To apply for CalWORKs click here.