ACIN I-17-08: CalWORKs Program Hours Of Operations (3/3/08)

Just a reminder that the welfare offices have to to ensure that individuals can apply for and receive aid, including emergency benefits, when counties close their offices during regular office hours. (This was litigated in Blanco v. Anderson in 1995, in an order that also affected the Food Stamp and MediCal programs. However, this letter addresses CalWORKs only.) The county must provide a way to get applications and turn them in during an 8 hour/5 days a week period, and can use drop boxes or phone access.  Additionally, the offices must post info on applications, alternative resources, and office hours. [Download]