How Much Does Welfare Pay in California?

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California's welfare program, CalWORKs, offers monthly cash assistance that varies based on a number of factors, including income, assets and the number of eligible family members. CalWORKs provides short- and long-term assistance to approved applicants with households that include children.

CalWORKs is available to California residents in all 58 counties. Individuals can apply in person by visiting their local welfare office or by submitting an application online through California's Department of Social Services website. Applicants are required to undergo an interview with an employee from the welfare department and to verify their income, residence, citizenship status and other details before approval. Some families approved for CalWORKs may be required to participate in California's Welfare-to-Work program.