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Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

Who is it for?

RCA is a cash assistance program for refugees without children who are not otherwise eligible for any other cash aid.  RCA also includes employment and other social services to assist a refugee in becoming self-sufficient.

How to Apply:

Apply online at Benefitscal.org. To apply in person or to find out more about RCA benefits in your county, please contact your county social services agency.

Already Getting RCA?

If you have questions or problems with your RCA benefits, contact your local County Refugee Coordinator or your county social services agency.

Refugee encompasses all of the following groups:  Refugees, Asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, Amerasians and Certified Victims of human trafficking.  

RCA is available for up to 8 months from date of admission to the U.S. in qualifying status, date of final grant of asylum or date of certification by ORR as Victim of Trafficking.

Victims of human trafficking may be eligible for additional services before they have a certification by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as Victim of Trafficking.Visit the TCVAP webpage to find out more.

Information and Resources

For more information and resources visit the Refugee Programs website. This resource is designed to assist county eligibility workers and other partners who provide services to the public.

If you are a member of the public we encourage you to apply online at  Benefitscal.org or contact your county social services agency.