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In California, as in every other state, employees who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own may qualify to collect unemployment benefits — up to 26 weeks.
California leads the nation as the first to provide paid leave benefits for employees who need to “take time off” to bond with a newborn baby or provide care for a seriously ill family member.
CalFresh (California’s version of SNAP) is an entitlement program that provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.
CalWORKs is a California’s welfare program that provides temporary cash assistance to eligible needy families with children. Unless otherwise exempt, work-eligible CalWORKs participants are required to participate in Welfare to Work (WTW) activities.
Cal Grant, the nation’s largest state-funded college aid program, is a need-based grant that have helped many low-income Californians fund their college education.
Tribal TANF is an assistance program for American Indians and Alaska Natives which provides cash aid and supportive services to eligible needy children and families. Currently, there are 16 tribal TANF programs serving a range of counties across California.
San Francisco offers a local version of the federal EITC, known as the Working Families Credit (WFC), by paying a one-time credit to families that qualify for and claim the federal EITC for the first time.