How Much Income is Used to Calculate the CalWORKs Cash-Aid Amount?

The goal of the CalWORKs Temporary Assistance program is to provide cash aid to meet basic needs while a family moves from welfare to self-sufficiency through employment.  Benefits do 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 the full amount of other sources of 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.