Welfare to Work Eligibility


Participation in the Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Program is required for all employable recipients. The goal is to assist parents to obtain employment through job readiness and job search activities and other employment-directed activities. Supportive services, such as childcare, transportation payments and/or work related expenses, are available to those who participate in WTW.

In a single parent household, the parent with a child under the age of six must complete 20 hours per week of WTW activities. If there are no children under the age of six, the single parent must complete 30 hours per week of work activities. In a two-parent household, the participating parent must complete 35 hours per week of WTW activities. Participation includes employment hours and other approved WTW activities designed to eliminate barriers to employment.

Effective January 1, 2013 Senate Bill (SB) 1041 established a new WTW 24-Month Time Clock period, during which a non-exempt CalWORKs (CW) recipient participates in work-related activities without having to meet core hour requirements. The 24 months of WTW services can be used at any time during the participant’s 48 months of time on aid (TOA) and do not need to be consecutive.

After exhausting the WTW 24-Month Time Clock, non-exempt CW recipients must meet federal participation and core hour requirements to receive cash aid which, otherwise, will be issued only to the eligible children in the Assistance Unit (AU).

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