CalWORKs: immediate assistance rent & childcare


session 2019-2020
priority Standard
Author Durazo
position Support
Letter View Letter

Existing law provides for an immediate assistance payment of $200 or the maximum amount for which an applicant is eligible, whichever is less, if a county determines that the applicant is apparently eligible for CalWORKs aid, and needs immediate assistance because the family’s total available liquid resources are less than $100 and there is an emergency situation, including, but not limited to, lack of housing.This bill would provide that “lack of housing” includes applicant’s rent is due within 5 calendar days, and the applicant’s liquid resources on hand and any income that is reasonably anticipated by the applicant before the rent is due is less than the rent. The bill would require a county to provide an applicant with immediate childcare assistance, as specified, if the county determines the applicant is apparently eligible for CalWORKs aid, and the applicant has verification of a job or a job offer and needs childcare to maintain or obtain employment.

Last Action:

10/13/19 Vetoed by the Governor.
Governor’s Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 365 without my signature.

This bill would require a California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) applicant to be provided with immediate child care assistance in order to attend work, education, or training.

Lack of access to child care can create a significant barrier to obtaining and maintaining employment. While I support this bill’s efforts to increase access to child care and to that end included significant improvements to CalWORKs child care programs in this year’s budget, I cannot support SB 365 as it will increase costs by millions of dollars and lead to the provision of services to families ineligible for CalWORKs.


Gavin Newsom