Basic eligibility factors for a child(ren) and a needy parent(s) or caretaker relative include:
• Deprivation - The aided child must be deprived of parental support or care because at least one parent is: deceased; or either physically or mentally incapacitated; or the applicant parent is not working or is working less than 100 hours per month; or continually absent from the home.
• Age - Children may be eligible for CalWORKs until their 18th birthday, or 18 years old and in high school or vocational school full-time and expected to complete their program before their 19th birthday.
• Property - The total property of a child(ren) and the parent(s) must be under the following limits:
- Families without elderly members (60 years of age or older) may have $2,000 combined personal and real property per family. Families with elderly members may have $3,000 combined personal and real property per family.
- The family home is exempt from the property limits, provided the family lives in the home. One automobile valued up to $4,650 is exempt. Furniture, clothing and appliances are also exempt.
• Residence - There are no durational residency requirements for the CalWORKs program. Families who reside in California and who intend to remain in California may be eligible. Eligible family members must be legal residents of the United States.