Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Benefits CalWIN (California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids Information Network)


Description of effort

In 2010, the Welfare Client Data Systems (WCDS) CalWIN consortium implemented Benefits CalWin, an online application clients can use to apply for public benefits. Benefits CalWin is fully interfaced with the CalWIN system (the primary eligibility calculation, determination and authorization system) so applicant and recipient information is automatically populated from the screener/application into the CalWIN system. Users are able to determine which program options are available in different counties, and may be redirected to the C4yourself web pages for those counties. Hewlett Packard was a key partner in developing this California effort.

Key benefit programs

SNAP; Medicaid

Other benefit programs

General assistance

Key technological components

Online application that can be sent electronically; online screener/benefits calculator; application and eligibility systems integration

Other key components

 None known

Target population

General low-income population

Geographic reach

Multiple localities

State/s (abbreviation)


Locality (cities or counties)

Counties of: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo

Selected sources of information

Online printable applications also available for:

SNAP/TANF/Medicaid (in English and 5 other languages) at : and

Medicaid/CHIP at:


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