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Employment and Supportive Services

COVID-19 Updates

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), there have been modifications to Welfare-to-Work (WTW), Refugee Cash Assistance Employment Services, and CalFresh Employment & Training (CF E&T) participation requirements.

  • Most in-person services have been suspended or offered remotely. Clients participating in activities provided by Community-Based Organizations may continue to participate in these activities if they are still available or offered remotely.
  • Supportive Services – Supportive Services are still offered and available as needed.
  • Participation Hours – If you are unable to meet your participation hours due to the COVID-19 emergency, please contact your designated Employment Counselor.
  • Participation Verification Submission – Participation/attendance verification documents can be submitted to your designated Employment Counselor via mail, email, or fax.

For more information and resources, including ways to report a loss of income, click here

To motivate, support and prepare families and individuals receiving public assistance to sufficiency through employment. Employment Services includes the following programs:


Welcome to the CPSTP Interest Survey. CPSTP is a program funded through Alameda County's Social Services Agency, geared toward promoting self-sufficiency for mothers and fathers of Alameda County.

  • CPSTP is a paid, one-year transitional job program, which uses both classroom skill building and on-the-job training to prepare CalWORKs participants for careers in the public and private sectors.
  • Selected participants earn $21 an hour as full-time (37.5 hours per week) temporary Social Services Agency employees for the duration of the 1-year program.


CalWORKs recipients, unless exempt, are required by law to participate in Welfare-to-Work activities as a condition of eligibility for benefits.

Minimum hourly participation requirements:
All participants will be required to be engaged in employment and/or training activities for 20 hours per week for single parent families with a child under the age of 6 (six) years, 30 hours per week for single parent families with no child under the age of 6 (six) years, and 35 hours per week for two parent families..

Supportive services:
In addition to child care, transportation, and ancillary services, welfare-to-work supportive services include mental health, substance abuse, and domestic abuse services.
Welfare-to-Work Program Flow

CalFresh Employment & Training Program

CalFresh Employment & Training (CF E&T) provides participants with a variety of job training, job placement and education programs that are provided by the County or Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). Participating in CF E&T enables CalFresh recipients who are ABAWDs (able-bodied adults between ages 18-49 without a child living in the home) to meet their CalFresh work requirement in order to keep their CalFresh benefits beyond 3 months. However, any CalFresh recipient who is not also receiving CalWORKS, may volunteer to participate in CalFresh E&T to improve their job and career opportunities, whether or not they are an ABAWD.

Minimum hourly participation requirements:
All participants are expected to be engaged in activities for up to 32 hours per week.

See more information about the new CalFresh Work Requirement, effective September 1, 2019 for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) here.

The CF E&T program is available to:

  1. General Assistance and CalFresh (CF) applicants/recipients
  2. CalFresh Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)
  3. CalFresh recipients who are not receiving any monthly cash grant under CalWORKs or
  4. Clients who leave the CalWORKs program and are receiving Transitional CalFresh benefits.

Supportive Services:

CalFresh E&T participants can get paid or reimbursed for job/training/education expenses that are necessary for their participation in the program, including but not limited to: transportation, work uniforms, necessary work tools/equipment, books and training manuals, union dues, basic dental or vision correction expenses, etc. Participants who gain employment can continue to receive these supportive services payments for up to 90 days after their first date of hire, even if they are no longer receiving CalFresh.

See more information about the CalFresh Employment and Training program here

Refugee Cash Assistance Employment Services

Refugee Cash Assistance participants are required to take an active part in Employment Services as conditions of eligibility. The program will provide services through our Community Based partners that may include:

The key program components consists of employment services (ES) provided concurrently with Vocational English as-a-second language (VESL) classes to assist participants to become employed. The programs offered by our service providers incorporates a VESL factor that focuses on customer service, job interviewing, completing employment applications, resumes, and business English workplace communication that is specific for entry level positions in the sectors mentioned above.

Employment Resources

If you are looking for information on services for employment, we have resource information available here.

Career Centers

You can find the addresses for One Stop Career Centers here.

Career Centers have computers, fax machines, printers and other services available for your job search.

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