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The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program provides qualifying families and expectant mothers with a variety of services, such as benefit assistance, employment services, and supportive services to help them succeed in the workforce.

CalWORKs provides temporary assistance and support to families with (or expecting) children. Benefits include cash assistance, food, child care, and health care coverage. CalWORKs also provides employment, education assistance, and other necessary services that will provide families with the resources they need to support their families, even after leaving the program.


If you are an adult with dependent children or a teenager or adult who is pregnant, you may be eligible for CalWORKs. Eligibility for benefits depends on a number of factors, including family size, income, property, and special needs. Please refer to our CalWORKs Fact Sheet for more information on specific eligibility requirements. 

Immigrants and their families may also be eligible for services. Visit our Public Benefits for Immigrants page for information and frequently asked questions related to CalWORKs and our other benefit programs.  

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CalWORKs Benefits

More information about the benefits that may be available to families eligible for CalWORKs.

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Applying for CalWORKs

Learn more about the CalWORKs application process and how to apply.

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If you have questions or would like additional information, please call our Service Center at (415) 557-5100 or 1-855-557-5100

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Service Locations
New and existing clients can visit us at one of our Service Locations, which are open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)
170 Otis Street Service Center 
Southeast Workforce Development Center at 1800 Oakdale Avenue
Mission Workforce Development Center at 3120 Mission Street