What is TANF?
TANF stands for “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.”
This federal cash aid program (welfare) is available to very low-income parents
who have a child under the age of 18 in the home, and who meet stringent income
and need requirements.
Who is eligible for CalWORKs services?
The CalWORKs Program at the College serves TANF recipients
who are referred from the Sonoma County Human Services Employment and Training
Division, SonomaWORKS Program.
The program may also serve
What will I need to do if I already receive TANF?
If you receive TANF, you will be required to participate
in California’s welfare-to-work program. This is called CalWORKs. In
Sonoma County this program is called SonomaWORKS. Other counties may use other
names, but all have the same basic program requirements. Most adults in TANF families
are required to sign and participate in a Welfare-to-Work Plan. This plan
outlines mandatory activities that help adults in the family secure employment.
Some adults may be "exempt" from participation for a variety of reasons. There is
a lifetime limit of 48 months for adults to receive TANF.
Enrolling in classes at SRJC to gain skills leading
to future employment may be a part of the Welfare-to-Work Plan. You can ask
the SRJC CalWORKs staff for information about California’s welfare-to-work
What do I need to know before I apply for TANF?
The SRJC CalWORKs staff can answer questions about
TANF and provide you with information on how to apply for this county-operated
program. If you are thinking about going to school, it is very important that
you contact the CalWORKs staff before you apply for welfare.
Students who are enrolled in school prior to going on welfare have some additional
rights and more time to finish their college programs. These students are
What is a “SIP”?
“SIP” stands for “self-initiated
program” participant and refers to students who had started the enrollment
process for college prior to applying for welfare. SIPs are guaranteed education
as their welfare-to-work activity as long as they meet the standards set by the
county for satisfactory progress.
For more information about SIPs, you can visit LIFETIME
or Legal Services of Northern