County of Marin Health and Human Services

CalWORKS Employment Services

The Employment and Training Branch administers the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) Welfare to Work program on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. Once an individual or family becomes eligible to receive CalWORKs benefits, they can receive employment assistance for supporting the family in gaining economic independence. The goal of the program is to support families through linkage with community-based services, such as child care, housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical/dental care, as well other supportive services, to aid them in locating sustainable employment or education opportunities.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive case management
  • Job preparation services
  • Workshops
  • Workplace Soft Skills Training Certificate
  • Assisted job search
  • Vocational assessment and job training
  • Substance abuse and mental health and referrals, if needed
  • Domestic violence services and referrals, if needed
  • Educational assistance (up to 12 months)
  • Child care
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • Education and employment support to pregnant and parenting teens

More information is available on the State of California CalWORKS Child Care web page.

Extended Subsidized Employment Program

CalWORKs Employment Services, Welfare to Work program, uses Expanded Subsidized Employment Services Funds, which provides up to six months of subsidized work experience for participants with local employers. In partnership with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program, Subsidized Employment job placements are established with targeted and “in-demand” local industries. Employment Development Counselors work closely with the participant and employers to identify the employer’s needs, develop a training plan, and provide case management and job coaching to the participant to facilitate success in these employment opportunities.

Family Stabilization Program

CalWORKs Employment Services, Welfare to Work program, uses Family Stabilization funds to assist mandatory participants (participants in the program cannot be exempt or volunteer) who are experiencing a crisis that is de-stabilizing the family, thus creating a barrier to their ability for participating in employment services. Services are provided to the customer and their immediate family members, allowing time to stabilize and return to full program participation.

Family Stabilization Program Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a mandatory participant with time left on 24-month clock
  • Clients must agree to meet with their Social Service Worker weekly and follow a family plan
  • Available for up to 6 months once-in-a-lifetime
  • Various services include interview clothing, car repairs, transportation, short-term housing

Access to Family Stabilization services is by Health and Human Services staff referral only.

Housing Support Program (HSP)

CalWORKs Employment Services, Welfare to Work program, administers funding to provide permanent housing to Marin County families experiencing homelessness who receive CalWORKs benefits.

HSP assists in placing participating families experiencing homelessness directly into permanent housing and connecting them to services that will support their movement towards economic self-sufficiency. HSP may cover rental assistance, security deposits, moving assistance, and rental application assistance for eligible participating families experiencing homelessness.

HSP provides security deposits and up to one month of rental costs, plus support services to help families reach self-sufficiency. Families may be eligible for additional support based on their level of need.

Housing Support Program Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recipient of CalWORKs benefits
  • Marin County Resident
  • Meets the State of California definition for Homeless Status with one of the following criteria:
    • Lacking a fixed, regular nighttime residence and,
      • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately-operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations OR
      • Residing in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings OR
      • In receipt of a judgment for eviction, as ordered by a court