CalWorks Eligibility 2023: What are the Basic Eligibility requirements?

Californian welfare funding has increased over the last few years and rates remain at the coronavirus-adjusted level meaning more families have access to CalWorks cash assistance for longer.

As CalWorks celebrates its 25-year anniversary in 2023, it remains open to families of US citizens and legal immigrants in all 58 counties of California.

What’s the Basic Eligibility requirements for CalWorks?

The first requirement for CalWorks is that you’re a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

Since it’s focused on helping families, only those with a child aged under 19 (or pregnant) can apply, as long as they meet income or family criteria.

If one or both parents don’t live at home, have passed away or are disabled then that meets the requirements, or if both parents live at home and the highest earner works at least 100 hours per month.

Income from employment must be less than the maximum aid payment for a family of that size, which currently ranges from 579 dollars to 2,534 dollars depending on the size of the household.

However, the first 600 dollars of a family’s earning or disability-based income will be written off and not counted towards income requirements.

Additionally a claimant must have less than 10,211 dollars in the bank, or 15,317 if someone in the household is disabled or aged 60 or over.

The family must be able to provide proof of immunizations for all children under six, follow child support rules unless they have a legitimate reason not to, and participate in Welfare-to-Work activities – from 20-35 hours depending on household situation.