Temporary Housing

Motel/Hotel Assistance for CalWORKS-Eligible Families Experiencing Homelessness

As a result of a federal disaster designation due to COVID-19, CalWORKs-eligible persons experiencing homelessness may be eligible for motel/hotel assistance regardless of whether they have received such assistance through CalWORKs during the last 12 months.

To qualify for the assistance, families must:

  • Be eligible or apparently eligible for CalWORKs
  • Be experiencing homelessness
  • Have less than $100 in resources

The program provides $85 per night for a family of four, plus an additional $15 for each additional family member up to a maximum of $145 per night, for a maximum of 16 nights.

So, for example, a family of five would receive a nightly amount of $100 while a family of six would receive a nightly amount of $115.

Funds are placed on families’ EBT cards the same day the application is completed.

To apply, go to mybenefitscalwin.org or call the County at 1-888-421-8080.

En español:  https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/es

You can speed up the application process by completing the Homeless Assistance Application (Form CW 42) prior to contacting the County.

Address: 1000 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 |
| Phone: 831-454-7312
| Fax: 831-454-4642