CalWORKs
Quick Facts
1. Time Limits :
  • Cash aid is limited to 48 months total in a lifetime for most adults.
2. Welfare-to-Work Requirements:

A new Welfare-to-Work (WtW) 24-Month time clock has been implemented effective
January 1, 2013 which applies to all CalWORKs aided participants who are required to participate in the WtW Program. An aided participant is entitled to participate in any of the full range of CalWORKs WtW activities needed to become self-sufficient during the initial 24-Month Time Clock. Outside the 24-Month Time Clock, a participant may only participate in certain core and non-core activities in accordance with federal work requirements.

Contact your GAIN Service Worker for more information.

  • If the following hourly requirements are not followed, the participant may be sanctioned:

    • Single-adults with a child under six years old must work or participate in work activities a minimum of 20 hours per week;
    • Single-adults with no children under six years old must work or participate in work activities a minimum of 30 hours per week; and
    • Two-parent families (hours may be combined between both parents) must work or participate in work activities a minimum of 35 hours per week.

  • The months that count toward the new 24-Month WtW time clock is cumulative; it does not need to be consecutive and can be used at any time during the adult’s 48 months of time on aid.
    • It does not add time to a participant’s existing CalWORKs 48-month time limit clock.

  • Unaided adults including post-time limited, drug and fleeing felons, ineligible non-citizens, non-needy caretaker relatives, and individuals receiving Social security's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are not subject to this new time clock;
3.

Importance of finding and keeping a job:

  • Cash aid to participants who do not meet their work participant requirements are sanctioned. This means reduced benefits by removing the adult’s portion of the cash aid grant.
4.

Supportive Services for persons to overcome employment barriers:

  • Domestic Violence services including counseling, medical and public health information, parenting skills training, financial planning and relocation activities;
  • Substance Abuse services including evaluation and treatment;
  • Mental Health services (depression, anxiety, etc.) including assessment, case management, treatment and rehabilitation
5. Other support services for persons employed or in Welfare-to-Work activities:
  • Help finding child care services;
  • Money to pay for child care while working or in Welfare-to-Work activities;
  • Money for transportation costs to and from employment or Welfare-to-Work activities.
6. The benefits of working:
  • More spending money; and
  • Economic self-sufficiency and independence from receiving welfare benefits.
7. Once off cash assistance, participants may still be eligible to available services:
  • Child care services for two years; and
  • Continuing Medi-Cal coverage.
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