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Other Cash Assistance Programs

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) 

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) provides financial assistance to people admitted to the United States as refugees. Adult
refugees without minor children and refugee families who do not qualify for CalWORKs may be eligible to receive RCA
benefits during the first 8 months of residency in the United States.

Refugee families with minor children who do not meet the RCA requirements, but who meet the income and property limits
of CalWORKs may be eligible to receive
CalWORKs cash assistance. Both CalWORKs and RCA eligible refugees may also meet the requirements for Medi-Cal, CalFresh,
and other benefits.

To be eligible for RCA benefits in California, refugee families and adult refugees without children must fit into at
least one of the following categories:

  • Individuals and couples with no minor children
  • Families who are not CalWORKs eligible (i.e., unemployed less than 30 days and have resided in
    the U.S. less than 8 months)
  • Pregnant women in the first two trimesters of their pregnancy (i.e., six months or less)
  • Trafficking victims
  • Persons granted asylum

– The income limits for the RCA Program are the same as those for the CalWORKs Program.
– Eligible refugees may only receive RCA for 8 months
starting from the refugee’s date of entry into the United States.   Applicants for RCA must provide
documentation of refugee status.

Once approved, RCA clients must participate in employment and training activities, which may include:

  • English language training
  • Vocational training
  • Job placement services

Applications for RCA must be received in person at a Community Service Center near you.

Learn about other Resources for Non-Citizen Households here.

Tribal TANF (TT) 

Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federal and state funded program that provides time limited
assistance to Native American families with children in an effort to provide care for those children whether in their
homes or in the home of a relative.

This program was created by Native Americans to provide cash aid assistance, employment services, and supportive service
to meet the specific needs of Native American families. It is designed with the flexibility to address and focus on a
variety of cultural and traditional needs.

Assistance includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cash aid
  • Diversion
  • Employment Services
  • Supportive Services
  • Transitional Services

Applications for Tribal TANF must be received in person at a Community Service Center near you.

General Relief

The General Relief program provides temporary assistance to eligible adults age 18-64.  For more information
click here.

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants

The Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is designed to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little or
no income to meet their basic needs.  For more information click here.

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