More Than 600,000 Californians Would Lose Cash Aid Under Governor’s CalWORKs Proposals

New data from the Department of Social Services (DSS) show that the Governor’s most recent CalWORKs proposals – the ones he unveiled in June – would cause more than 600,000 children and adults in 250,000 families to lose cash assistance in 2011-12. That’s when the Governor proposes to implement significant changes that would severely restrict the amount of time low-income families could receive CalWORKs cash grants.

Here’s how the numbers stack up:

  • Number of families that would be dropped from CalWORKs: 250,000.
  • Number of children in those families who would lose cash assistance: 486,000.
  • Number of adults in those families who would lose cash assistance: 127,000.
  • Total number of children and adults in those families who would lose cash assistance: 613,000.

By comparison, the DSS estimates that about 586,700 families will receive CalWORKs cash assistance during 2009-10, the most recent year for which projections are available. As a result, the Governor’s proposals would cause more than four out of 10 CalWORKs families (43 percent) to lose basic subsistence grants as well as access to a range of services designed to move parents into the workforce.

— Scott Graves

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