How to apply for TANF in Los Angeles
Los Angeles TANF Application
To apply for TANF in Los Angeles, applicants will work closely with California’s state benefits program: CalWORKs. CalWORKs is a welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.
In order to qualify for TANF benefits in LA, you must be a resident of the state of California, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.
Upon applying for TANF, applicants will be required to submit their social security number, proof of California residence, proof of low-income and assets, be a US citizen or a lawful immigrant, have a net monthly income less than the maximum aid payment for family size, have less than $2,250 in cash, bank, accounts and other resources ($3,250 if disabled or 60 years or older), provide proof of immunizations for all children under the age of six, cooperate with child support requirements, unless exempt, participate in welfare-to-work activities, and perform 20 hours per week of WtW related activities for a single-adults with a child under six years old; 30 hours per week for single-adults with no children under six years old; and 35 hours per week for two-parent families (hours may be combined between both parents).
LA, like other US cities, mandates a work requirement to continue receiving the TANF benefits. But, like every US city, if an applicant satisfies the TANF requirements, they will always be guaranteed access to the benefits.