Quick Facts

  1. Time Limits:
  • Cash aid is limited to 48 months total in a lifetime for most adults.
  1. Welfare-to-Work Requirements:

A new Welfare-to-Work (WtW) 24-month time clock was implemented effective January 1, 2013 which applies to all CalWORKs aided participants who are required to participate in the WtW Program. An aided participant is entitled to participate in any of the full range of CalWORKs WtW activities needed to become self-sufficient during the WtW 24-month time clock. After the WtW 24-month time clock expires, a participant may only participate in core activities in accordance with federal work hourly requirements.

Contact your GAIN Services Worker for more information.

  • If the following hourly requirements are not followed, the participant may be sanctioned:
    • Single-adults with a child under six years old must work or participate in work activities a minimum of 20 hours per week;
    • Single-adults with no children under six years old must work or participate in work activities a minimum of 30 hours per week; and
    • Two-parent families (hours may be combined between both parents) must work or participate in work activities a minimum of 35 hours per week.
  • The months that count toward the new WtW 24-month time clock are cumulative; not necessarily consecutive and can be used at any time during the adult’s 48 months of time on aid.
    • It does not add time to a participant’s existing CalWORKs 48-month time clock.
  • Unaided adults including post-time limited, fleeing felons, probation or parole violators, ineligible non-citizens, non-needy caretaker relatives, and individuals receiving Social Security's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are not subject to this new time clock. 
  • In order to maximize the flexibility of the WtW 24-month time clock, Family Stabilization (FS) provides intensive case management and services to participants and their families who are experiencing an identified barrier that is destabilizing the family and interfering with the participant’s ability to participate in WtW activities. FS eligible participants:
    • May have the WtW 24-month time clock stopped for up to six (6) cumulative months; and
    • Are not subject to WtW minimum hourly participation requirements.
  1. Importance of finding and keeping a job:
  • Participants who do not meet their work participation requirements are sanctioned. This means their cash is reduced by removing the adult’s portion of the cash aid grant.
  1. Supportive Services for persons to overcome employment barriers:
  • Domestic Violence services including counseling, medical and public health information, parenting skills training, financial planning and relocation activities;
  • Substance Abuse Disorder services including evaluation and treatment;
  • Mental Health services (depression, anxiety, etc.) including assessment, case management, treatment and rehabilitation.
  1. Other support services for persons employed or in WtW activities:
  • Help finding child care services;
  • Money to pay for child care while working or in WtW activities; and
  • Money for transportation costs to and from employment or WtW activities.
  1. The benefits of working:
  • More spending money; and
  • Economic self-sufficiency and independence from receiving welfare benefits.
  1. Once off cash assistance, participants may still be eligible to available services such as:
  • Child care services for two years; and
  • Continuing Medi-Cal coverage.


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