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CalWORKs provides cash assistance and various services based on their eligibility. The amount of a family's monthly cash assistance payment depends on a number of factors, including the family's income, the number of eligible people, and the special needs of those family members.

Welfare-to-Work: In most cases, all family members on CalWORKs who are 18 or older must work or participate in the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work employment program. We'll will work with you to follow an individualized employment plan. Even after you have found a job, you may be able to receive other services, such as child care, that will help you stay employed and move to a better-paying job.


Cash assistance

  • Financial support: For up to 48 months, accessible using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used at various surcharge free ATMs throughout San Francisco. See a list of surcharge free banks in California
  • Diversion: A one-time cash or non-cash assistance to secure or retain employment and to avoid the need for ongoing public assistance. 
  • Immigrant support: Refugee cash assistance and assistance to noncitizen victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes

Child care and parenting

  • Child care: Free or subsidized child care services.
  • Free diapers: For children under age three. Learn more
  • Parenting program: Promotes positive parenting, healthy lifestyles, and school attendance for parenting or pregnant teens

Employment and education

  • Employment services: Job placement, training, employment counseling, and access to our JobsNOW! program
  • Job assistance: Money for uniforms, books, or other employment support
  • Education: Support for GED, ESL, and High School Diploma

Food and health

  • Food assistance: Through CalFresh 
  • Health insurance: Through Medi-Cal
  • Counseling: For mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence issues

Housing assistance

  • Housing: For unstably-housed and homeless families and assistance for move-in cost of securing a new residence
  • Housing assistance: Still available by calling (415) 557-5100  or by visiting 170 Otis if the CalWORKs recipient does not have a phone.
  • Eviction prevention: Money to help prevent eviction

Transportation allowance

Free or steeply discounted services: Includes museum admissions, utilities, transportation, recreation activities, groceries, meals, and legal services.