CalWORKs Active Caseload
Fiscal Year 2016-17
Projection: 3,976 active cases
Status: NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
Fiscal Year 2015-16
Result: 3,901 active cases
The California Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKS), which is the state’s county-administered version of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, provides cash aid and social services to low-income families with children. Household heads receive financial aid and an array of services such as job search and preparation, vocational assessment, subsidized employment, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) advocacy, housing support, behavioral health services, subsidized child care and transportation assistance. CalWORKs families receive CalFresh and Medi-Cal. Once a parent obtains employment and no longer qualifies for financial aid, CalWORKs can still provide post-employment services to help with job retention and further job skill development. Additionally, CalWORKs continues to provide financial assistance to children whose parents’ income off of the program does not achieve self-sufficiency.
CALWORKS ACTIVE CASELOAD
How the Human Services Agency is Performing
The CalWORKs caseload has been in gradual decline over the past two years, and that trends continues in 2017. The declining caseload may be attributed to a combination of factors including improved economic conditions, outward migration of low income families with children from San Francisco, and program interventions such as the JobsNOW subsidized employment program. The initial decline in caseload started in August 2011, when the caseload dipped below 5,000 for the first time.
Part of the caseload decline is a result of successful program exits due to employment. For example, 62 percent of CalWORKs clients participating in HSA’s JobsNOW program were still employed six months after exiting subsidized employment. Participants’ average quarterly earnings before and after JobsNOW increased 111 percent, from $2,340 approximately six months before clients began JobsNOW to $4,937 two quarters after program participation.
Note that the monthly numbers presented are point-in-time active caseload counts whereas the annual projection value represents the projected monthly average paid cases for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17. These numbers are not directly comparable but do provide a monthly snapshot versus average monthly budgeted cases for the year.
How Performance is Measured
This measure represents the number of CalWORKs cases that have received cash assistance (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) during the month for which the data is reported. The data source is California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Information Network (CalWIN), an administrative database used in 18 California counties.
The number displayed on the scorecard page represents a fiscal year average of the values in the chart above.
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Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.