faqGroupLookupString: Financial Assistance: CalWORKs
Financial Assistance: CalWORKs
What is CalWORKs?
CalWORKs stands for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program. It is California’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program and provides temporary cash aid and assistance in finding and keeping a job. A major goal of the program is to transition CalWORKs recipients to employment and eventual self-sufficiency through upward mobility. When receiving CalWORKs cash aid, the family also receives Medi-Cal and may be eligible for Food Stamp benefits.
Who is eligible for CalWORKs?
Families with parents or caretaker relatives taking care of children who are considered to be deprived. For CalWORKs purposes, deprived means children who are without parental support because one or both parents are absent from the home, disabled, deceased, or unemployed. Pregnant women in their last 3 months of pregnancy may also be eligible provided they meet all applicable eligibility requirements. Other basic requirements relate to income and property limits, age of children, citizenship and/or legal immigrant status, and so on.
Do I have to work when I’m receiving CalWORKs money?
Employment of CalWORKs participants is a major objective of the CalWORKs Program. Able-bodied adults are expected to find employment or participate in approved activities that will prepare them to find employment. Activities include approved employment-related education/training and/or job-search preparation.
faqGroupLookupString: Financial Assistance: General Assistance (GA)
Financial Assistance: General Assistance (GA)
What is General Assistance?
General Assistance(GA) is a County-funded cash assistance program that provides cash loans to eligible individuals and couples who have no other means of adequate support.
Can anyone who applies receive a GA loan?
Only individuals or couples who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a GA loan. Applicants must be low income, legally residing in Santa Clara County, and unemployed or unable to work because of a physical, mental, or functional disability. In addition, applicants must meet strict eligibility requirements concerning limits on income and property.
Do I have to repay the money?
Yes. Anyone who receives GA money must pay it back to the County. Unemployed GA recipients who are able to work are assigned to perform work at GA work projects. In order to receive GA, all participants must sign a reimbursement agreement which is recorded and places a lien against any current or future real property holdings.
faqGroupLookupString: Financial Assistance: Refugee Cash Assistance Program (RCA)
Financial Assistance: Refugee Cash Assistance Program (RCA)
Who is eligible for the Refugee Cash Assistance Program (RCA)?
People admitted to the United States as refugees who are within their first eight (8) months of residency in the United States. Refugees must also be in at least one of the following categories: individuals and couples with no minor children; families with minor children that are not CalWORKs eligible; women who are within the first 6 months of pregnancy; human trafficking victims; and persons granted asylum.
faqGroupLookupString: Food Assistance: Food Stamps
Food Assistance: Food Stamps
What foods can you purchase with your food stamp benefits?
Food stamps can be used to buy any food or food product that is produced for human consumption except hot foods or lunch counter items prepared or heated in the store; alcoholic beverages and tobacco; vitamins or medicines; or pet food. Seeds and plants for use in home gardens to produce food can also be purchased with food stamps. Food stamps cannot be used to buy nonfood items.
faqGroupLookupString: Health Coverage for Children
Health Coverage for Children
How much is 300% of the Federal Poverty Level?
300% of the Federal Poverty Level is based on family size. See the chart below to determine 300% of the Federal Poverty Level for your family.
Effective 4/1/12 to 3/31/13
|Gross Monthly Income
What documents do I need to provide when I apply for health insurance for my children?
You will need to provide:
1. Proof that you live in Santa Clara County – one of the following:
- A utility bill; rental agreement; a pay check or voided personal check with your address; or driver’s license.
2. Proof of Income – one of the following:
- Copy of recent pay stub; last year’s federal income tax return; written statement from employer stating gross monthly income and when it was earned; proof of unearned income such as Social Security, unemployment, disability or child support; or
- Day laborers may use a letter from a charitable organization stating income and when it was earned, or
- Self-employed persons may use a federal income tax return with Schedule C.
3. Other information:
- If your child is a U.S. citizen, you will need a birth certificate and Social Security card.
- If your child is a legal immigrant, you will need an INS card and a Social Security card.
- If your child does not have these documents, you can still apply and get full health coverage for your child.