The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is the state implementation of the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF). It provides time-limited cash assistance to families with children. CalWORKs recipients are automatically eligible to Medi-Cal, and may qualify for Food Stamp benefits. Cash benefits are based upon the number of individuals in the family, with any other sources of income taken into consideration. Additionally, cash benefits for the entire month are mailed to recipients in one check at the beginning of each month.
Adults in the program are required to participate in a work activity unless determined exempt. Employment services are available to work activity participants including counseling, job preparedness, job development, training, and supportive services such as childcare, transportation, work clothing and tools. Services are also available to address barriers to employment including substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and legal issues. For more information see "Welfare To Work".
Who can apply for Assistance?
Any person has the right to apply for assistance. An applicant who appears ineligible must still be allowed to exercise his/her right to make an application.
Who is Eligible for CalWORKs?
Families are eligible if there is a minor child in the home whose parent(s) are unable to provide adequate support because:
Either parent is deceased; Either parent is physically or mentally incapacitated; The principal earner is unemployed; Either parent is continually absent from the home in which the child is living.
Where to apply for CalWORKs?
To apply for CalWORKs, please visit the office located at 4468 E. Kings Canyon Road on the Fresno County Fairgrounds lot, on the corner of Kings Canyon and Chance. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We are closed on legal holidays.
Adults under the CalWORKs program are limited to receiving cash benefits for a lifetime cumulative period of 60 months.