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Create a YourBenefitsNow Account

If you are applying for California Food Stamps (CalFresh), CalWORKs, General Relief, or MediCal, the benefits website is the easiest way to do that. However, before you can start the application process, you need to create YourBenefitsNow account. In this article, we will walk you through the step by step process of how to create a YourBenefitsNow Account and login to the DPSS website.

If you already have an account and need help logging in, see our YourBenefitsNow account Login help article.

There are several advantages to setting up a YourBenefitsNow account. With an account, you can:

  • Determine Eligibility for Benefits
  • Apply for Benefits, including CalFresh
  • Get the status of an Application for Benefits
  • Get the status of current Benefits
  • Report any changed to current Benefits
  • Submit a Renewal for Benefits
  • View Notices about Benefits
  • Upload Documents for Benefits

NOTE: YourBenefitsNow account is for Los Angeles County residents. If you don’t live in Los Angeles County, you have to apply for your benefits through either the C4Yourself portal or MyBenefits CalWIN Account.

ALERT: As of April 2022, YourBenefitsNow was replaced by BenefitsCal. Learn more about what you need to do by clicking here: BenefitsCal Explained.

To create a BenefitsCal account to access your benefits, see our post – How to Create a Benefitscal account.

If you already have a BenefitsCal account and need help to log in, including how to reset your password, see our post – BenefitsCal Account login Help.

Create a YourBenefitsNow Account Help

To create your YourBenefitsNow account, follow the steps we have outlined below:

Remember that this process is for Los Angeles County.

Step 1 – Visit YourBenefitsNow Website

The first thing you need to do is go to the YourBenefitsNow website here.

If you already have an account with YourBenefitsNow but need help logging into your account, read our YourBenefitsNow Login Guide here.

Once there, select “Create a new Account”, under the “New User?” section of the page, as shown below.

Step 2 – Create Account

Once you are on that page, you will be asked to provide information to set up your account as shown below. Here is the information you will have to enter:

  • Username
  • Password
  • Security Question Selection
  • Whether you already have a case with DPSS

Enter the information requested and click on “Register Now”, as shown in the image below:

Step 3 – Accept Disclaimer

Once you are done, you will see a Disclaimer page, that looks like the one below:

Read through the Disclaimer information and click “I Agree” when done.

Step 4 – View Your Account

After you agree to the Disclaimer, you will be taken to your account page, as shown below. On the account page, you can:

  • Determine Eligibility for Benefits
  • Apply for Benefits
  • Get the status of an Application for Benefits
  • Get the status of current Benefits
  • Report any changed to current Benefits
  • Submit a Renewal for Benefits
  • View Notices about Benefits
  • Upload Documents for Benefits

YourBenefitsNow Video by Los Angeles County DPSS

In the video below, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) gives very useful information on YourBenefitsNow (YBN).

If you are having trouble creating your account, this video will help you understand how to use your YBN account to:

  • Apply on-line for CalFres, CalWORKs and Medi-Cal
  • Get your benefits information
  • Schedule appointments
  • Submit your Semi-annual SAR 7 Report
  • View/print notices.

CalFresh Food Stamps FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked California Food Stamps questions.

What is the Calfornia (CalFresh) Food Stamps Income Limit for 2021?

Here’s the CalFresh SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2021

Note that both the Gross Income Limit and the Net Income Limit as based on a percentage of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Household
Size
Gross Income Limit 200% FPL Net Income Limit 100% FPL
1 $2,128 $1,064
2 $2,874 $1,437
3 $3,620 $1,810
4 $4,368 $2,184
5 $5,114 $2,557
6 $5,860 $2,930
7 $6,608 $3,304
8 $7,354 $3,677
9 $8,102 $4,051
10 $8,850 $4,425
For each additional
person add:
$748 $374

How Much will I receive in CalFresh Benefits if I am Approved?

Once you are approved for CalFresh food stamps, you probably want to know how much in benefits your household will get on a monthly basis.

See the chart below for details.

SNAP Benefits by Household Size
Household Size Maximum Monthly Benefit,
Fiscal Year 2021
Estimated Average Monthly Benefit, Fiscal Year 2021
1 $204 $138
2 $374 $260
3 $535 $401
4 $680 $477
5 $807 $560
6 $969 $673
7 $1,071 $656
8 $1,224 $927
Each additional person $153

Who can receive CalFresh benefits?

You may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, whether or not you work, if you have a low income. See the income limit above for gross and net income requirements.

What can you purchase with CalFresh?

CalFresh can be used to buy any food or food product that is produced for human consumption. The exception to this is hot foods or lunch counter items prepared or heated in the store.

In addition, CalFresh benefits cannot be used to buy non-food items like soap, toilet paper, shampoo, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, vitamins or medicines, and pet food.

However, you can use your California SNAP EBT Card to purchase seeds and plants for use in home gardens to produce food.

Can SSI/SSP recipients get CalFresh?

As of June 1st, 2019, SSI/SSP recipients may be eligible to receive CalFresh in addition to receiving a monthly Social Security Disability benefit.

Can I get CalFresh just for myself if I live with my family or with others?

People who live together and purchase food and prepare meals together are grouped as a “household”. Husbands and wives and their children under age 22 must be one household.

Can I get CalFresh if I am not a United States citizen?

You may be eligible if you are a “qualified” noncitizen. This includes Permanent Legal Residents (holders of a green card), refugees, asylees (an individual who has been granted asylum), and individuals granted withholding of deportation or removal.

In addition, Cuban/Haitian entrants, individuals paroled into the U.S. for a least one year by immigration authorities, conditional entrants (temporary green card).

Furthermore, certain victims of domestic violence, victims of human trafficking (T visa), and applicants for U visa/interim relief are also eligible for CalFresh.

Can I get CalFresh if I am a college student?

Students, ages 18 through 49 enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time, students may be able to get CalFresh if they are:

  • Physically or mentally unfit, or
  • Working at least 20 hours per week, or
  • Participating in a state or federally financed work-study program, or
  • Participating in an on-the-job training program, or
  • Receiving CalWORKs benefits, or
  • Taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 6, or
  • Taking care of a dependent household member over the age of 6 but under 12 and do not have adequate child care to be able to attend school and work a minimum of 20 hours, or take part in a state or federally financed work-study program, or
  • Single parent enrolled full time in college and taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 12, or
  • Enrolled in college as a result of participation in the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), or the Job Opportunities and Basic Skill (JOBS) program under Title IV of the Social Security Act.
  • Voluntarily participating in The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).
  • Voluntarily participating in EOP, JOBS, DSPS, CARE, MESA, Puente, McNAIR, Former Foster Youth Programs, Cal Grant A&B that meet TANF requirements.

How to Create a YourBenefitsNow Account Summary

We hope this post on how to create a YourBenefitsNow account online was helpful to you.

If you have additional questions or need help applying for CalFresh, leave those in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles about EBT, including California Food Stamps Income Limit, California Food Stamps Card Replacement, and How to Purchase Groceries Online with California EBT

Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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