CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Supports Proposal for County CalWORKs Single Allocation Funding

May 25, 2017

CSAC has joined a chorus of counties and county human services departments to support funding for local California Work Opportunity and responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs) activities, called the county CalWORKs Single Allocation.

Both houses of the Legislature support funding above the Governor’s May Revision proposal to cut nearly $240 million from the county Single Allocation in 2017-18. The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee approved restoring $100 million of the funding, which the Assembly Budget Committee is expected to adopt a proposal to add $140 million in funding.

While these amounts are not a full restoration of the proposed cut, they will smooth the ability of counties to continue to offer critical welfare to work activities in the coming year. A cut of the magnitude proposed by the Governor would throw local county CalWORKs activities into upheaval, likely leading to personnel reductions and less intensive services for the most serious cases.

One area of agreement from both houses, as well as counties and the Governor, is the need to develop a new budgeting methodology for the county CalWORKs Single Allocation. Both houses are adopting intent trailer bill language to instruct the state to work with the County Welfare Directors Association to update the methodology while ensuring that CalWORKs program goals and outcomes are met.

Click here to view CSAC’s letter of support for the Assembly’s proposal to restore $140 million in CalWORKs Allocation Funding and develop a new Single Allocation budgeting methodology. 

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