Apply for CalWORKs

  1. 1

    Submit your application in one these ways:

    Have questions?  Contact your Case Manager. To find out your Case Manager, call (855) 557-5100.

  2. 2

    Schedule and complete your CalWORKs appointment

    In person at 170 Otis Street or by phone (855) 557-5100.

  3. 3

    Attend a CalWORKs Information Session

    In person at 170 Otis Street, by phone (855) 557-5100, or online (by request)

  4. 4

    Submit your paperwork by the due date

    For help with this step, call (855) 557-5100.

  5. 5

    After you apply

    It can take up to 45 days to determine your CalWORKs eligibility. During this time:

    • Check your mail and phone messages for notices from CalWORKs, CalFresh (food assistance), and Medi-Cal (health services).
    • Once your eligibility is determined, you will get an approval or denial notice.
    • If you disagree with the decision or benefit amount, you can file an appeal by calling (800) 952-5253, or by mailing HSA Appeals Unit at S600, P.O. Box 7988, San Francisco, CA 94120-7988.

More information

  • View flyer of the above steps: English | Español | 中文 | Filipino | Tiếng Việt | Русский
  • Translation assistance to help complete your application:  Call (415) 557-5000.
  • Emergency assistance:  Let us know if your family has urgent needs for money, housing, food, rent, or utility bills, clothing, or health care.  You may qualify for emergency help. 
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