CalWORKs Active Caseload

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Human Services Agency

Fiscal Year 2017-18
Projection: 3,000 active cases per month
Current Caseload: 3,035 active cases

Fiscal Year 2017-18
Projection: 3,622 active cases per month
Result: 3,212 active cases per month (average)

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.


How the Human Services Agency is Performing

The CalWORKs caseload continues to decrease in 2018. In the five years between fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 and FY 2017-18, the average monthly caseload in CalWORKS dropped by 26 percent. The declining caseload may be the result of several factors including a stronger local economy, low income families with children moving out of San Francisco, and deliberate interventions such as the City's subsidized employment program. The initial decline in caseload started in August 2011, shortly after the caseload surpassed 5,000 for the first time.

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 CalWORKS active cases shown in the chart above. 

Additional Information

Visit the Human Services Agency's website to apply for CalWORKS benefits and learn about the program.


Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.