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CalWORKs

CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) is a time-limited Federal/State program which provides temporary cash aid and employment services to needy families with children. The CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program assists individuals with the transition from dependence to self-sufficiency. Siskiyou County is committed to this goal by providing intensive case management and fostering the recipient’s efforts to seek, secure and retain employment in order to reach future employment goals. The program offers supportive services, including child care, transportation and other services necessary for a successful transition from welfare to work. Services are provided to individuals who are determined to be “work ready” and are provided at no-cost to the individual.

CalWORKs - How to Apply

How to Apply

  • You can apply for benefits online using C4Yourself
  • Call 530-841-2700 and tell the receptionist you want to apply for CalWORKS assistance.
  • You may mail your application to Siskiyou County Health and Human Services Agency at 818 S. Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097
  • You may fax your application in at 530-841-2723
  • You may also apply in person at 818 South Main Street in Yreka.
CalWORKs - Verification of Family Situation

Verification of Family Situation

The Case Manager will ask for proof of certain information that has been reported on your application. The following items (list not inclusive of all items) must be verified prior to approval:

  • Deprivation requirements such as absence of a parent, unemployed or underemployed, or disability; and
  • Resource and income limits
  • Identification
  • Immigration status
  • Sponsored noncitizen information
  • Residency
  • SSN/Application for all household members
  • Gross income
  • Disability
  • Utility expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Child support obligations and payments
CalWORKs - Welfare-to-Work-Program

Welfare-to-Work Program

All CalWORKs recipients who are able to work will be required to participate in the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program. To remain eligible for CalWORKs, “work-ready” recipients must participate in work or work-related activities, specified in an individual "Welfare-to-Work plan" that is developed with each individual. For adults, there is a 24-month limit on eligibility for Welfare-to-Work services (certain rules apply).

This program prepares individuals for the working world and offers the following services:

  • Program Orientation and Appraisal
  • Family Stabilization Services
  • Adult Basic Education/GED Assessment
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Unpaid Work Experience
  • Community Service
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Job Development Services
  • Job Search Services
  • Job Skills Training
  • Pregnant and Parenting Teen Services through the Cal-Learn Program
  • Supportive Services (child care, transportation, clothing, etc.)
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Vocational Training
  • Other services as necessary for employment.
CalWORKs - Key Links

Key Links:

  • California Department of Social Services', CalWORKs page
  • Looking for Work?  Siskiyou County works closely with the WorkForce Connection to provide employment services.
CalWORKs - A Few Facts

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is California's Welfare to Work program. To be eligible to CalWORKs one must meet strict work participation requirements, have dependent children, meet deprivation requirements and have resources and income which falls within program regulations. CalWORKs has a cumulative 60–month time limit for receipt of cash aid.

This program assists individuals receiving public assistance in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. Siskiyou County is committed to this goal by providing holistic case management, fostering the recipient's efforts to seek, secure, and retain employment and reach future employment goals.

38.9% of CalWORKs recipients are employed.