How do I know if I qualify?
There are special rules for households with a member who has a disability or is 60 and older. The rules are complex but help more people qualify for the program. If you can answer YES to both questions below, your household may be eligible for at least $15 in CalFresh each month.
Does your household have a member who has a disability or is at least 60?
Is your monthly income less than the amount allowed? Use this chart to see if your household’s monthly income before taxes and other deductions falls under the amount allowed for your household size.
It is very likely that your household may qualify for more than you would expect. Be sure to report your out-of-pocket medical and housing costs when you apply.
Even if you answered NO to the second question, your household may still qualify for CalFresh if you have less than $3,250 in assets and resources.
Examples of resources and assets:
- Cash – on hand or in the bank
- Stocks and bonds
- Money from insurance settlements
- Personal injury claims
- State tax refund
The following items are NOT counted as resources*:
- Tax-preferred savings vehicles (Keogh plans, IRAs, pension plans, etc.)
- The home you live in and household property
- The household’s personal things and household goods (clothes, furniture, appliances, etc.)
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Burial plots
- Federal tax refund
- Cars or vehicles of any value
- Any funds or assets of, or payments to, Native American tribal members
*Additional exceptions may apply to people who are self-employed or victims of domestic violence.
You can own your car, home, and retirement plan and still qualify for CalFresh.