CALWORKS stands for California Work Opportunities and Responsibility for Kids
CalWORKs Temporary Assistance is financial help for eligible needy families 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 amount of assistance a family can receive each month depends upon many factors. The number of eligible family members, their special needs, the household income and 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.
CalWORKs Benefit Application & Appointment Packets
There are two steps necessary to apply for assistance, and each step requires that you complete some forms:
Step 1: Is the initial application to receive an interview appointment.
Step 2: Is the scheduled interview appointment.
This web site will allow you to download the forms necessary to apply for assistance. To save waiting time, you can fill the forms out at home and then bring them to your local DHA office, where you will receive the interview appointment letter. This will complete Step 1 of the application process.
Initial Application to Receive an Interview Appointment.
Bring a completed Benefit Application packet to your local DHA office. At that time, you will be scheduled for an appointment.
When completed, bring all four (4) forms in to your local DHA office. You will need to stay and wait to receive an interview appointment. At that time, you will be given two (2) additional documents:
- CalWIN Intake Appointment Letter, which confirms your interview appointment date and time.
- CalWIN Verification Checklist, which lists additional documents you will need to bring to your interview appointment. You can also download the Checklist here.
Scheduled Intake Appointment
Bring a completed CalWORKs Appointment packet to your scheduled appointment.
Please complete, but DO NOT SIGN OR DATE the required forms before your interview appointment.
Informational forms are optional, You may print them if you wish, but you are NOT required to bring them to your interview appointment.