CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) provides temporary financial assistance and employment-related services to needy families with minor children. The program is designed to provide families with the means to meet their basic needs in difficult times, while helping them to enter or reenter the workforce and become self-sufficient. A variety of supportive services are available, such as child care, transportation, and others necessary for a successful transition from welfare to work. Special services are also available for pregnant and parenting teens.
CalWORKs Cash Assistance
CalWORKs provides temporary financial assistance and employment-related services to needy families with minor children. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses, for a temporary period of time.
CalWORKs Employment Services
The CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Program is a component of CalWORKs. The program assists CalWORKs recipients in seeking, obtaining and retaining employment that leads to self-sufficiency. Welfare-to-Work staff help and encourage participants in overcoming the barriers that prevent employment. Participants are eligible for a variety of supportive services to assist them in becoming and remaining employed.