How to Apply

You may apply for CalWORKs online or in person.

My Benefits CalWIN website allows you:

  • See if you are eligible for CalWORKs
  • Apply for CalWORKs benefits
  • Check your CalWORKs benefit status and amount

1. Online  or click on icon below:


Watch a video to learn how to apply on the MyBenefits CalWIN website on 

You still are required to attend a face-to-face interview at your nearest Family Resource Center to complete the application process.

If you are requesting Immediate Need (emergency benefits), is recommended that you apply in person at the nearest Family Resource Center.

2. In person

Visit your local Family Resource Center that accepts applications for the CalWORKs program. To locate the nearest Family Resource Center, select a facility listed below. You can also obtain office locations by zip code. If you are homeless, use the zip code of the area where you sleep the majority of the time.


3. By calling Access Call Center 1-866-262-9881

Documents needed to apply:

Be prepared to provide all verifications/documents needed for everyone applying for benefits. Please follow this link: CalWORKs/RCA - Required Documents to obtain details regarding required documents; this list is not inclusive.  It is very important to provide all verifications to be evaluated for eligibility promptly.


For more information call 1-866-262-9881