Cash Aid Assistance
Cash Aid Assistance is California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids program.
The purpose of Cash Aid Assistance is to provide financially for children that lack financial support and care, and to promote and encourage work to enable families in becoming self-sufficient.
Basic eligibility factors for a child(ren) and a needy parent(s) or caretaker relative include:
- Reside in California and intend to stay;
- Have an eligible child(ren) or are pregnant and;
- One or both parents are absent from the home, deceased or disabled; or Both parents are in the home, but the principal wage earner is either unemployed or working less than 100 hours per month at the time they apply for assistance.
- Be a United States citizen or a lawful immigrant;
- Have a Social Security number or have applied for one;
- Have a net monthly income less than the maximum aid payment for family size;
- Have less than $2,000 in cash, bank, accounts and other resources ($3,250 if 60 years or older);
- Provide proof of regular school attendance for all school age children;
- Provide proof of immunizations for all children under the age of six;
- Cooperate with child support requirements;
- Participate in welfare-to-work (WTW) activities; and
- Perform 20 hours per week of WTW related activities for a single-adults with a child under six years old; 30 hours per week for single-adults with no children under six years old; and 35 hours per week for two-parent families (hours may be combined between both parents).
Property and Resources
For CalWORKs applicants and participants there is a property limit of $2,000 (cash on hand, savings, stocks, etc.) or $3,250 if someone in the Assistance Unit is aged 60 years or older.
Applicants/Participants may keep non-exempt vehicles that have an equity value of $9,500 or less. Equity is the amount of the Fair Market Value (FMV) of the vehicle less encumbrances (amount owed on vehicle, if any). Any equity value in excess of the $9,500 limit will be counted towards the property/resource limit.
If the County agrees, participants may also save up to $5,000 in restricted bank accounts to buy a home, start a business or pay for college or vocational training for a household member. Some resources that do not count include:
- A home, if the family lives in it.
- Personal and household items such as furniture, appliances, computers, etc.
- Tools needed for employment (trade/profession).
- Vehicles in the home in which ownership has been transferred to the applicant/participant as a gift/donation or family transfer.
- Participants may hold special restricted savings accounts to be used for education/training, business or to purchase a home.
- Federal relocation and disaster relief benefits.
- If property is owned with someone else, only the participant's share counts.
Cash Aid Assistance Time Limits
Cash Aid Assistance has a 48-month/4-year cumulative time limit for receipt of cash aid and requires adults in the family to meet certain work participation requirements. Review Welfare to Work.
Cash Aid Assistance regulations require that all school-age children attend school regularly. It is the responsibility of the parent. If a child under age 16 does not attend school, the parent may be sanctioned and removed from the cash grant. If a child 16-18 does not attend school, then that child is removed from the cash grant.
Families receiving Cash Aid Assistance cash aid are required to obtain immunizations for all pre-school children (birth through 6 years of age). Parents must provide written proof of their child's immunization records. A parent who does not give the county this proof may be sanctioned, and his/her needs may be removed from the cash grant.
Welfare-to-Work Teen Parents
Welfare-to-Work Teen Parents is a program designed to encourage and assist pregnant and parenting teens to remain in and graduate from high school. All participants must be on Cash Aid Assistance (TANF). The program provides counseling and support services, including childcare, to pregnant/parenting teens who are under the age of 19, or under age 20 and already in the Welfare-to-Work Teen Parent program prior to age 19.
The Diversion Program
The Diversion Program is designed to help families avoid aid and long-term dependency. If the family is found to be eligible for cash assistance, they may choose Diversion instead of Cash Aid Assistance. To receive Diversion, there must be a sound plan for immediate self-support.