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CalFresh Work Rules

Effective September 1, 2018: Important changes to CalFresh 

Some CalFresh recipients in San Francisco are now required to meet federal work requirements. The rules apply to anyone receiving CalFresh between the ages of 18-49 without a child living in the home. This federal rule is known as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD).

Keep Your CalFresh Benefits - Steps to Take

If you are a CalFresh recipient 18-49 years of age, contact the Human Services Agency (HSA) to learn how these rules may affect your benefits and what actions are required to keep CalFresh. Call (415) 558-4700, or visit one of our service centers: 1235 Mission Street | 1440 Harrison Street.

You can also:
Submit a Client Survey to help us determine your benefits status. English | Chinese | Spanish  | Russian Tagalog | Vietnamese
Read our fact sheet on CalFresh work rules and work exemptions. English | Chinese | Spanish | Russian | Tagalog | Vietnamese

If you are a service provider, visit our CalFresh Work Rules Resources page for education and outreach materials that can help you serve CalFresh recipients. 

Work Requirement Exemptions

You may be exempt from the work requirement if you are one of the following:

  • Homeless
  • Pregnant
  • Living with a child under age 18
  • Earning at least $218 a week
  • Caring for a child under age 6 or anyone who is ill or disabled
  • Applying for or getting unemployment insurance
  • Applying for or getting disability benefits or veterans'
  • Unable to work due to domestic violence
  • Struggling with or receiving treatment for drugs or alcohol
  • Going to school or employment training
  • Volunteering at least 20 hours a week
  • Have a physical, mental or emotional disability that stops you from working

Meeting CalFresh Work Requirements

If you are not exempt from working, you will be required to participate in approved activities to continue receiving CalFresh benefits. You can meet work requirements by doing one or a combination of the following:

  • Working at least 20 hours per week, on average 80 hours per month
  • Volunteering or performing community service 20 hours per week
  • Employment training
  • Participating in workfare arranged by HSA, less than 20 hours per week.

Interested in jobs or training? Call (415) 575-4600 to sign up for a JobsNOW! orientation.