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Human Service Agency Call Center: 1-877-410-8813

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Human Services Agency lobbies will be closed to the public.  Services for all programs will be provided via phone, online or by appointment only.


The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is California's version of the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF). This program provides time-limited cash assistance to families with children. The level of assistance is based upon a variety of factors, including family size and income level. Cash benefits are issued electronically on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.  For more information on EBT go to:

To check the balance on your EBT account go to

If your EBT Card is lost or stolen, please call:  1-877-328-9677.

CalWORKS has two primary functions – determining eligibility for aid and providing employment services to eligible recipients. The employment services program which works with CalWORKS families in Kings County is called Employment & Training Services (Welfare-to-Work).  

Who can apply for Assistance?

Any person has the right to apply for assistance. After an application is received, program eligibility will be determined.

Who is Eligible for CalWORKs?

Families are eligible if there is a minor child in the home whose parent(s) are unable to provide adequate support in cases where:
  • Either parent is deceased;
  • Either parent is physically or mentally incapacitated;
  • Principal earner is unemployed;
  • Either parent is continually absent from the home in which the child is living.

Time Limits

Adults under the CalWORKs program are limited to receiving cash benefits for a lifetime cumulative period of 48 months.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to complete application forms. Applications are accepted in person, by mail, and electronically via online application in those instances when the applicant is unable to get to a nearby office. 
C4Yourself ® is the online application system and the one used by Kings County: