General Relief

General relief is also known as California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) a cash aid program for low income families to meet their basic needs. It also provides education, employment, and training programs to help families get jobs and move towards self-sufficiency. The program provides up to 48 months of cash grants and welfare-to-work services to low-income families with children.

WHAT IS General Relief?

WHAT IS General Relief?

The General Assistance or General Relief (GA/GR) program is designed to provide relief and support to indigent adults who are not supported by their own means, other public funds, or assistance programs. Each county's GA/GR program is established and funded (100 percent) by its own Board of Supervisors. As the state of California is not involved in this program, benefits, payment levels, and eligibility requirements will vary among each of California's 58 counties.
Who can get Cash Aid?
Who can get Cash Aid?

Cash aid and services are available to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home

How Much Cash You Get
How Much Cash You Get

There is no one size fits all, the amount of a family's monthly assistance payment depends on the number of people who are eligible in a household and any special needs of any of those family members. The income of the family is considered in calculating the amount of cash aid the family receives

How Often Do You Get the Cash?
How Often Do You Get the Cash?

Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses

What are the eligibility requirements?
What are the eligibility requirements?

Families that have a child(ren) in the home and both parents, but the principal earner is unemployed.

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