BenefitsCal

What is the California Benefitscal Website?

If you live in the state of California and are currently receiving public assistance benefits, you’ve probably heard about the new BenefitsCal website that is set to be launched in September 2021.

BenefitsCal.com will replace C4Yourself, YourBenefitsNow, and MyBenefitsCalWIN and will be the main portal to apply for and manage all California public assistance benefits (CalFresh, CalWorks, Medi-CAL, etc).

In this post, we will explain what the BenefitsCal.com website is about, why the new site is being rolled out, when it will be rolled out in each county and how it will affect those who are currently on public assistance or are getting ready to apply.

What is the Benefitscal Website?

The BenefitsCal.org system is a new website that will replace C4Yourself, YourBenefitsNow, and MyBenefitsCalWIN, to provide one unified experience for all Californians to apply for and manage their public assistance benefits.

BenefitsCal.com is a new simple way for your Californians to apply for, view, and renew benefits for health coverage, food, and cash assistance.

BenefitsCal online system will make it easier than ever to:

  • Apply online
  • Renew your benefits
  • Upload documents
  • Report changes
  • Connect with a caseworker

BenefitsCal will support the following public assistance programs:

  • CalFresh
  • Medi-Cal/County Medical Services Program (CMSP)
  • CalWORKS
  • General Aid/General Relief (GA/GR)
  • Disaster CalFresh
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

What is the Reason Behind the BenefitsCal?

Watch the video below, which provides a great summary of why California is moving from three different systems (C4Yourself, YourBenefitsNow, and MyBenefitsCalWIN) to one (BenefitsCal) system to manage public assistance benefits.

 

When Can I Start using the BenefitsCal Website?

The BenefitsCal website is being rolled out in stages between September 2021 through 2023.

When you can begin using the BenefitsCal website depends on the current online system your county is using to manage public assistance benefits.

Here’s the schedule of how the BenefitsCal system will be rolled out.

Phase 1 – Counties Currently using the C4Yourself system

On September 27, 2021, C4Yourself becomes BenefitsCal.

Therefore, all counties that are currently using the C4Yourself to manage public assistance programs like CalFresh, CalWorks etc, will be transitioned to the BenefitsCal system.

This means that BenefitsCal.com will also replace the C4Yourself Mobile App.

The good news is that the BenefitsCal site is mobile-friendly and will work great on your smartphone so there is nothing to worry about.

If you are currently using C4Yourself system, starting on September 27, 2021, you will use the BenefitsCal system to:

  • Apply online for benefits
  • Upload documents
  • Report changes
  • Renew your benefits
  • Contact your caseworker

Watch the video below for more on this transition from C4Yourself to BenefitsCal starting on September 27, 2021.

How to Get ready

Here’s what to do to get ready:

Go to C4Yourself.com.
Make sure you can log in to your C4Yourself account.

What if I don’t remember my username or password?

Go to C4Yourself.com.
Select “Forgot your password?” or “Forgot your username?” and follow the on-screen instructions to reset it.

Starting September 27th, you’ll manage and access your benefits with BenefitsCal.com.

C4Yourself will be shut down on September 23rd, 2021 and you’ll manage and access your benefits with BenefitsCal.com.

List of Counties in Phase 1

Here are the counties that currently use the C4Yourself system that will be moving to BenefitsCal starting on September 27, 2021.

Counties that use the
C4Yourself Online Portal

Alpine Modoc
Amador Mono
Butte Monterey
Calaveras Napa
Colusa Nevada
Del Norte Plumas
El Dorado Riverside
Glenn San Benito
Humboldt San Bernardino
Imperial San Joaquin
Inyo Shasta
Kern Sierra
Kings Siskiyou
Lake Stanislaus
Lassen Sutter
Madera Tehama
Marin Trinity
Mariposa Tuolumne
Mendocino Yuba
Merced

Phase 2 – Counties Currently using the YourBenefitsNow system

Starting in November 2021, YourBenefitsNow is changing to a new website: BenefitsCal.com.

Also, BenefitsCal.com will also replace the DPSS mobile app.

The good news is that the BenefitsCal site is mobile-friendly and will work great on your smartphone so there is nothing to worry about.

If you are currently using YourBenefitsNow system, starting in November 2021, you will use the BenefitsCal system to:

  • Apply online for benefits
  • Upload documents
  • Report changes
  • Renew your benefits
  • Contact your caseworker

Watch the video above for more on this transition from YourBenefitsNow to BenefitsCal starting in November 2021.

List of Counties in Phase 2

YourBenefitsNow account is for Los Angeles County residents. Starting in November 2021, all Los Angeles County residents will transition to BenefitsCal system.

Phase 3 – Counties Currently using the MyBenefits CalWIN system

Starting in 2022 and through 2023, MyBenefits CalWIN is changing to a new website: BenefitsCal.com.

We will provide more updates as the time gets closer.

Be sure to bookmark this page on your browser and check in with us to get the latest update regarding when MyBenefits CalWIN users will be moved to BenefitsCal.com.

List of Counties in Phase 3

Here are the counties that currently use the MyBenefits CalWIN system that will be moving to BenefitsCal starting in 2022 and 2023.

Counties that use the
MyBenefits CalWIN Online Portal

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

Benefitscal Website Summary

Here’s the bottom line about Benefitscal Website rollout:

BenefitsCal will be rolled out starting in September 2021, starting with users of C4Yourself.

Next, it will be rolled out to users of the YourBenefitsNow website in November 2021.

Lastly, users of the MyBenefitsCalWIN system will be moved to the BenefitsCal platform in 2022 through 2023.

Questions?

If you have further questions about BenefitsCal, California SNAP or EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles about CalFresh and CalFresh EBT, including:
Restaurants that Take CalFresh in California
How to Apply for California P-EBT
California P-EBT Extension for 2020/2021
CalFresh for San Diego County
How much will I get in CalFresh in 2021?
How to Complete CalFresh SAR 7 Form
Get Printable CalFresh SAR 7 Form
$3,000 Stimulus Child Tax Credit for Families

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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