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MyBenefits CalWIN Login Help

In today’s post, we’re going to walk you through MyBenefits CalWIN Login process. The MyBenefits CalWIN online portal (www.mybenefitscalwin.org) is the website used by about 18 counties in California to manage Food Stamps (CalFresh), Medical Assistance (MediCAL), and cash assistance (CALWORKs).

If you’re new to MyBenefits CalWIN, this article will provide you with everything you need to successfully log in to your MyBenefits CalWIN account.

However, if you do not currently have an account, see our post on how to create a MyBenefits CalWIN account.

This MyBenefits CalWIN Login Guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to log in, links to the MyBenefits CalWIN online portal, and troubleshooting tips if you have issues.

To find out how to log in to your MyBenefits CalWIN online account, keep reading below.

ALERT: Starting in 2022, MyBenefits CalWIN will soon be replaced by BenefitsCal. Learn more about what you need to do by clicking here: New BenefitsCal Website Explained.

California Counties Authorized to use MyBenefits CalWIN Online Portal

Not all counties in California use the MyBenefits CalWIN online portal to apply for benefits.

If you live in one of the following California counties listed below, then you CAN use the MyBenefits CalWIN online portal to apply for and manage benefit assistance.

Counties that use the
MyBenefits CalWIN Online Portal

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

Benefits of C4Yourself Online Account

MyBenefits CalWIN is an online application system that allows you to apply for benefits in the California counties listed above.

There are several benefits to signing up for a MyBenefits CalWIN account. You can use the MyBenefits CalWIN account to:

  • View details on your existing benefits
  • Start or continue an existing application
  • Check the status of an application you have already submitted
  • Schedule an appointment for a new application
  • Upload verification documents
  • Renew your benefits or complete recertification
  • See your Caseworker details
  • Review your benefits information
  • Update your account profile
  • See details on the Semi-Annual or Quarterly reports you are required to submit

Benefits you can access through the MyBenefits CalWIN portal include:

MyBenefits CalWIN Login Help

Follow the instructions below for help logging in MyBenefits CalWIN online account.

Step 1 – Visit MyBenefits CalWIN Account Website

To start the login process for your MyBenefits CalWIN, visit the MyBenefits CalWIN website at www.mybenefitscalwin.org.

Once you are on the homepage you will need to locate the “Sign In” button, which is usually at the top part of the site (see image below).

Click on the “Sign In” button to proceed with the process, as shown below.

Step 2 – Enter username

Next, you will be taken to a page where you will be required to enter your account username, as shown below.

You will have to enter a valid username in order to proceed to the password page.

Once you enter the correct username, click “Next” to continue, as shown by the image below.

Step 3 – Enter username

If you entered the correct username, you will be taken to the password page, with the sign-in image/picture you selected showing.

Make sure the picture is the one you picked.

Once you enter your password, click the “Sign In” button as shown below.

Step 4 – View your account

If you entered the correct password, you will be automatically taken to your MyBenefits CalWIN account page.

Once there, you can perform a variety of tasks as listed above, including:

  • See if you are eligible for benefits
  • Apply for Benefits
  • View or Continue an Application
  • Learn about Affordable Health Insurance

Forgot Username and Password

If you do not remember your login credentials, follow the instructions below:

Forgot Username

If you do not remember your username, click on the “Forgot Username?” link, as shown below.

Next, You will then be taken to a page where you have to provide your email address to retrieve your username.

Enter your email address in the space provided, then click “Submit”. You will receive an email with instructions about your username.

Forgot Password

If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link as shown in the image below.

This link will only be revealed once you have successfully entered your username at the login page.

Next, you will be taken to the page below where you will have to answer one of the secret questions you selected when you signed up for your MyBenefits CalWIN account.

Provide the answer to the question in the space provided and click “Submit” for further instructions on how to retrieve your password.

MyBenefits CalWIN Video

We strongly suggest that you watch the video below, which does an excellent job of explaining in detail how to navigate the MyBenefits CalWIN website.

It explains the various task you can perform once logged in, including how you can check your eligibility for benefits and the status of your application.

CalFresh Food Stamps FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked CalFresh Food Stamps questions.

Where do I go to apply for CalFresh benefits?

There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in California.

Option 1 – Apply online

You can apply online through the California getcalfresh.org account.

If you have an account, you can log in or create your getcalfresh.org account. Click here to be taken to the website.

Option 2 – Apply at CDSS Office Near You

You can apply in person at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) office near you. Click here to locate a CDSS office.

Option 3 – Download California Food Stamps Application

You can download an application, complete it, and mail it to your county CDSS office or submit it in person.

How much money can you have and still get CalFresh?

Currently, households may have $2,250 in countable resources (such as cash or money in a bank account).

In addition, if at least one member of the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled, or if you get Medi-Cal, the countable resources limit is $3,500.

However, not all resources are counted when determining eligibility for CalFresh. The following resources are not counted:

  • A home and lot;
  • Resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • Resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF; also known as welfare); and
  • Most retirement and pension plans (withdrawals from these accounts may count as either income or resources depending on how often they occur).

Furthermore, some applicants for CalFresh may be able to get expedited benefits.

This means that they may get approved faster for their CalFresh.

You may qualify for Expedited CalFresh if:

  • You have less than $100 in accessible resources or $150 in gross monthly income;
  • Your combined monthly gross income and accessible resources are less than your monthly utility and rent/mortgage; or
  • You are a destitute migrant/seasonal farm worker whose accessible resources are less than $100.

How long will it take for my application for CalFresh benefits to be approved?

It takes up to 30 calendar days following the date your application was filed to get notice of a decision.

Your county’s food stamps office will let you know via email and also via a letter in the mail about whether your CalFresh application has been approved.

You can also check the status of your application online by logging into your MyBenefits CalWIN Account.

However, if your application meets the criteria for Expedited CalFresh benefits, your application could be approved within 3 calendar days following the date the application is filed.

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.

I didn’t get my CalFresh benefits. What’s going on?

Questions about your CalFresh benefits should be directed to the local county public assistance office that issues the benefits.

For information on how to reach your county CalFresh office, visit www.cdss.ca.gov/County-Offices.

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.

How to Check CalFresh EBT Card Balance?

There are three ways to check your CalFresh EBT Card balance.

Option 1 – Via Phone

Call 1-877-328-9677 to check the balance on your California EBT Card

Option 2 – Online

Option 3 – Using the Last Transaction Receipt. 

  • You can also check the balance by locating your Last Receipt

Who cannot receive CalFresh Benefits?

By California law, certain people are not allowed to receive CalFresh.

For example, full-time college students may not be able to get CalFresh, unless they meet special rules.

In addition, parole or probation violators and fleeing felons cannot get CalFresh.

However, starting April 1, 2015, even persons with drug felony convictions can apply for CalFresh if they meet certain requirements.

How can I use my CalFresh Benefits?

Once approved, your CalFresh benefits are put on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, also called the Golden State Advantage Card.

You can use the EBT card at grocery stores like a debit card by entering your Personal
Identification Number (PIN).

Also, it is important to note that CalFresh can be used to buy non-prepared
foods.

However, if you are homeless, disabled, or elderly (60+), you can use your EBT card at certain restaurants to buy hot prepared meals.

Furthermore, CalFresh cannot be used to buy alcohol, tobacco, or toiletries.

Can a homeless person receive CalFresh?

Yes. A person must reside in the county in which an application is submitted.

However, residence in a permanent dwelling or a fixed mailing address is not required to apply for CalFresh.

Can SSI/SSP recipients get CalFresh?

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

Where can I shop with my CalFresh EBT card?

To find an authorized CalFresh retailer near you, click here.

Next, go to the section that says “Locate SNAP Retailers” enter a starting location (enter city & state, zip code, or a full address).

Position your cursor over a map point or use the table below the map to get details.

Furthermore, local participating grocery stores that accept CalFresh include but are not limited to: Albertsons, VONs, Sprouts, North Gate, Safe Way and Food 4 Less.

To find local farmers’ markets that accept CalFesh, click here!

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 CalFresh Recertification Help, YourBenefitsNow LoginCalifornia Food Stamps Income LimitCalifornia 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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