CalWORKS – Cash Aid
The goal of CalWORKs is to provide cash assistance and services to eligible needy San Benito County families, ultimately leading to sustainable self-reliance.
How To Apply
You may apply online for CalWORKs using the C4Yourself website.
Please visit San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency in person, at the following:
Health and Human Services Agency
Families requesting CalWORKs assistance must complete the application forms and attend a face-to-face interview. The family may ask for immediate help if it has little or no cash and needs emergency housing, food, utilities, clothing, or medical care. At the interview, the county will advise applicants of the rules that must be met to be eligible for CalWORKs. If the county determines the applicant is eligible for CalWORKs, the family will receive monthly benefits until determined ineligible.
About the CalWORKs program
Eligibility requirements take into account an applicant’s citizenship, age, income, resources, assets and other family factors. Generally, services are available to:
CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) has a cumulative 48-month time limit for cash aid benefits and requires recipients to meet strict work participation requirements. Families receiving cash aid are required to obtain immunizations for preschool children and school age children are required to attend school regularly. After 48 months of aid, a safety net will provide aid to the children only, if the family has not progressed to a status of self-reliance. Self-reliance is the essential goal of the CalWORKs program.
Additional Assistance Programs
Refugees – The Refugee Assistance Program provide leadership and coordination of programs and services for refugee families resettling in San Benito County. Resources include employment programs, teaching English as a Second Language, and support services such as child care, counseling, and transportation. This is accomplished through close working relationship with a wide variety of nonprofit services.
Adoptions Assistance Program – At times, the San Benito County Human Services Agency must facilitate adoptions for children that become involved with Child Welfare Services. If the child cannot be returned home, a permanent solution must be sought. While adopting a child is a very noble act, it can be quite expensive. The Adoptions Assistance Program helps to alleviate this added expense. The Adoptions Assistance Program provides cash assistance to adoptive families. This assistance can help smooth the transition of a new family member and pay for necessities for years to come.
Kin-GAP – Assistance Payment Program – When children must be placed into foster care, the best placement is with family. If the court ends the dependency of the children in the foster care system, foster care payments will stop. The family can turn to either CalWORKs or Kin-GAP for further funding.
The Basic Eligibility Requirements for Kin-GAP are:
Cal-Learn – The Cal-Learn Program serves CalWORKs clients under the age of 19 years of age who are custodial parents or pregnant and who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The Cal-Learn program provides financial bonuses for success in school as well as supportive services including transportation, childcare, some school related expenses, and referrals to other agencies.
About the Program – Teen parents who participate in the Cal-Learn program can expect to participate in an assessment with a Cal-Learn case manager to determine what services and support are needed to ensure educational goals are met. From the assessment, the teen parent and case manager work together to develop a plan to enroll in and remain in school. The plan includes the steps and supports necessary to be successful in reaching the educational goals and outlines the case managers responsibilities to assist in achieving these goals. Participants will work closely with their case managers to ensure their continued success.
Public Assistance Division
Fax: (831) 637-9754
TDD/TTY: (831) 634-4969
Mon-Fri 8AM – 5PM