CalFresh Account Login

YourBenefitsNow Account Login

Are you trying to access YourBenefitsNow through the YourBenefitsNow online portal, but are having trouble logging in? We can help. In this article, we will walk you through the steps to successfully complete the YourBenefitsNow Account Login.

If you are new to the California YourBenefitsNow portal, the YourBenefitsNow website is used by Los Angeles County residents to apply for and manage government assistance programs such as California Food Stamps (CalFresh), CalWORKs, General Relief, and MediCal.

If you do not have a YourBenefitsNow, see our article here on how to create one.

The YourBenefitsNow system is a service of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

In this article, we will cover:

  • Benefits of YourBenefitsNow Account
  • YourBenefitsNow Account Login Help
  • Recover your YourBenefitsNow Account Login Username Email
  • Reset your YourBenefitsNow Account Password
  • CalFresh Food Stamps Frequently Asked Questions

For help logging in YourBenefitsNow online account including step-by-step instructions, continue reading below.

ALERT: Starting on November 1, 2021, YourBenefitsNow will be 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.

Benefits of YourBenefitsNow Account

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

  • 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
  • See eligibility information for CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, and MediCal

YourBenefitsNow Account Login Help

Follow the instructions below for help logging in YourBenefitsNow online account.

Step 1 – Visit YourBenefitsNow Website

The first step when completing the login for your YourBenefitsNow account is to visit the website. You can access the website here.

Once there, click on “Login to your account” as shown below.

Step 2 – Answer Prompt

Next, a page will open with a box, asking you if you remember your Customer ID/PIN or your Username/Password as shown below?

Click “Yes”, if you do.

However, if you do not remember them, click “No” for help.

Step 2 – Enter Username and Password

Next, you will be taken to the new page, where you can enter your sign-in credentials.

Enter your YourBenefitsNow account Username and Password.

When complete, click the “Sign In” button as shown below.

Step 4 – Accept Disclaimer

Once you have entered your login credentials successfully, you will be taken to the page below, where you will see a disclaimer from the DPSS.

Read the disclaimer and click “I Agree” in order to proceed to view your YourBenefitsNow account.

Step 5 – View your account

Once you have accepted the disclaimer, you will automatically be taken to your account, as shown by the image below.

Once you have logged in, there are a number of tasks you can perform from your account as stated above, including:

  • 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
  • See your Caseworker details
  • See eligibility information for CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, and MediCal

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, when you are prompted at the beginning of the login process, answer “No” as shown below.

Next, You will then be taken to a page where you have to provide certain information to retrieve your username including:

  • EBT Number or Case Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number or Zip Code

Once you provide the requested information, click “Continue” for further instructions on how to retrieve your username.

If you have forgotten the password to your YourBenefitsNow account, continue reading below for help.

Forgot Password

On the login page, click on “Forget your password/PIN? Click here to reset your password/PIN” link as shown below.

Next, you will be taken to a page where you have to enter “Username/Customer ID”.

Enter the requested information and click on “Continue” for further instructions on how to reset your password as shown below:

CalFresh Food Stamps FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked California 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.

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.

When will I receive my CalFresh benefits?

In all California counties, except Los Angeles, food Stamps Benefits are deposited on EBT Cards over the first 10 days of every month.

When your food stamps benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your case number.

Here is the schedule of payment based on the last digit of your case number:

If your Case Number ends in Benefits are deposited on the
1 1st of the month
2 2nd of the month
3 3rd of the month
4 4th of the month
5 5th of the month
6 6th of the month
7 7th of the month
8 8th of the month
9 9th of the month
0 10th of the month

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.

I just moved to another city in California. What should I do to continue getting CalFresh?

If you moved to a city in the same county you lived in before, update your address with the CalFresh office right away.

This will ensure you will still get important notices about your CalFresh.

However, if you moved to a different county, contact the CalFresh office in your new county right away and request an Inter-County Transfer of benefits.

The county can transfer your case and you should not have to reapply.

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

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

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 Renewal and Recertification, 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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