CalFresh Eligibility for Seniors and Disabled People

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Seniors (60+) and Disabled People

There are special rules for households with a member who has a disability or is 60 years and older. The rules are complex but help more people qualify for the program.

Due to the complexity of these special rules, we advise folks in this category to contact their county Social Services office for eligibility information.

In addition to meeting net income limits, your household may qualify for CalFresh if you have less than $3,250 in assets and resources.

Examples of resources and assets:

  • Cash – on hand or in the bank
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Money from insurance settlements
  • Personal injury claims
  • Inheritances
  • State tax refund

The following items are NOT counted as resources*:

  • Tax-preferred savings vehicles (Keogh plans, IRAs, pension plans, etc.)
  • The home you live in and household property
  • The household’s personal things and household goods (clothes, furniture, appliances, etc.)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Burial plots
  • Federal tax refund
  • Cars or vehicles of any value
  • Any funds or assets of, or payments to, Native American tribal members

*Additional exceptions may apply to people who are self-employed or victims of domestic violence.

You can own your car, home, and retirement plan and still qualify for CalFresh.