Department of Social Services

CalWORKs

CalWORKs provides cash aid and services, to help eligible needy families obtain food, shelter, and essentials. For most adults (those who are able to work and not exempt), there is a four-year lifetime limit on CalWORKs cash assistance; and cash assistance is conditional on participation in work activities through the Welfare to Work program.

Welfare to Work (WTW) provides assessment and case management services to assist CalWORKs adults in developing goals and a plan to obtain employment, and provides transitional supportive services such as subsidized child care, transportation assistance, and work- or training-related expenses to address barriers to finding and keeping a job. We will evaluate whether you are required to participate in WTW when CalWORKs is granted, and re-evaluate periodically. If your family is facing exceptional challenges, such as homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, mental health needs, etc., our new Family Advocates can help you obtain services to address those challenges.

Who is eligible for CalWORKs? Specific eligibility requirements take into account an applicant's citizenship, age, income, resources, assets, and other factors. Generally, CalWORKs is available to families with a child or children in the home who is deprived of parental care, due to absence, unemployment, disability, or death of a parent; and to needy caretaker relatives of a foster child or children. By law, CalWORKs is not available to convicted drug felons, fleeing felons, or individuals in violation of probation or parole.

How can I apply? You can visit one of our offices or outstation sites (shown below); call our toll-free automated phone number (1-866-404-4007); or apply for benefits online. We determine eligibility based on the information you provide on your CalWORKs application and any required verifications. You may request immediate help in certain emergency circumstances, such as little or no cash, and/or emergency need for housing, food, utilities, clothing, or medical care.

Social Services Office Locations

City Location    Days/Hours
Santa Barbara 234 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
805-681-4401
Monday-Friday,    8am-4pm
Santa Maria 1444 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-614-1300
Monday-Friday,    8am-4pm
Lompoc 1100 W. Laurel Ave.
Lompoc, CA 93436
805-737-7080
Monday-Friday,    8am-4pm

Outstation Sites in the Community

Location    Days/Hours For info, call:
Carpinteria:
Carpinteria Family Resource Center
5241 Eighth Street
Every Tues
9am-3pm
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Barbara:
Franklin Service Center
1111 E. Mason Street, Room 12
Every Weds
9:00am-2:00pm
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Barbara:
PATH/Casa Esperanza
816 Cacique St.
Every Weds
9:30-11am
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Maria:
Marian Hospital
1400 E. Church Street
Mon 9am-12pm
Thurs 1pm-4pm
DSS Santa Maria
805-346-7135
Solvang:
People Helping People
545 N. Alisal Road, Suite 102
Every other Tues 9am-12pm DSS Lompoc
805-737-7135

 

Note: CalWORKs policy documents and desk guides can be found here.

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WHAT CLIENTS SAY...

You have made a difference in my life. Thank you for all your kindness and support over the last few years. Thanks to Social Services I was able to finish school and become a Registered Nurse. I am writing to cancel cash aid and food stamps. I am proof that this system works!
-A Client


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