CalWORKs is a temporary financial assistance program for low- or no- income families with children. We help all kinds of families who have fallen on hard times due to a variety of issues such as fleeing domestic violence, illness or death of an income earner, substance use, child behavior or developmental challenges, homelessness, legal or criminal record constraints, or job loss.
You can learn about some of the families we've helped by reading this publication: HHSA "Stronger Together" Publication.
CalWORKs financial assistance is available to children regardless of whether their parents choose to participate in Employment Services. If you participate in Employment Services, you may be eligible to receive CalWORKs cash assistance for yourself, in addition to support with expenses related to your job or education.
As an Employment Services participant, you will receive support in identifying and working towards career and/or education goals.
You can start an application for CalWORKs on the BenefitsCal website.
You can also visit any of our offices to apply in person, or call 530-265-1340 to request an application be mailed to you.