Helping You Support Your Family
SonomaWORKS provides temporary help for families with children who have little or no money. We also help adults caring for a child prepare for a job, then find and keep a job, so they can support their families.
Support while on the program may include housing, food, utilities payments, childcare or medical care. Monthly cash benefits are added to an ATM-style plastic card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, which you can use to make purchases.
For Pandemic EBT Clients
Applications for the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefit are closed. If you applied before the deadline and need help with or have questions about the status of your case:
- Call California’s EBT Service Center at (877) 328-9677 (for PIN set-up, address change, lost or stolen cards)
- Inquire on your P-EBT case via online inquiry form: https://inquiry.pebt.dss.ca.gov/
- Call the P-EBT Helpline: (833) 780-0353 (application status and eligibility questions)
If your child was not determined P-EBT eligible and you believe they should have been, you can complete an appeal. Appeals can be submitted online at https://inquiry.pebt.dss.ca.gov/appeal or by calling the P-EBT helpline at 833-780-0353 by August 10, 2020.
Who Is Eligible
- An adult caring for a child
- under age 18, OR
- under age 19 if the child is in high school or vocational school.
- One or both of the child’s parents must be unemployed, disabled, continuously absent or deceased.
- You must meet income and resource limits.
- You may also qualify if you are:
- pregnant in your second trimester
- a mother under age 18
- a relative caring for a child.
How SonomaWORKS May Help
Going through the program builds your skills toward getting and keeping a job, so that you can support your family into the future.
During your program, SonomaWORKS staff may:
- Assess you for types of jobs you might do
- Help you make a plan to get work and increase your job skills
- Support you in training for various jobs, including taking classes at Santa Rosa Junior College
- Help you manage your cash aid, CalFresh benefits and Medi-Cal benefits
- Provide childcare while you are completing the program
- Help you get such services as: mental health services, alcohol or other drug services, legal help, learning disability support and/or support for those affected by domestic violence.