CalWORKs is a welfare program that provides cash assistance to eligible California families in need. If your family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, you 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.

How to Apply for Welfare in California:

You can apply for Welfare in California online:


In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of California, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

More Information:

You can find more information about the California Welfare program by visiting the program website.