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Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

CAPI is a 100 percent state-funded program designed to provide monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled non-citizens who are ineligible for Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP)solely due to their immigration status. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) eliminated SSI/SSP eligibility for most non-citizens. As a result, most immigrants who were not receiving SSI/SSP in August 1996 are no longer eligible for SSI/SSP. State regulations governing CAPI can be found in Manual of Policies and Procedures, Division 49(pdf).

CAPI recipients may be eligible for Medi-Caland In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), but they must file for each benefit separately. There is no automatic eligibility link between CAPI and these other programs.

You may be eligible for CAPI if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • Are a non-citizen and meet the immigration status criteria in effect for SSI/SSP as of 8/21/96.
  • Are age 65 or over, blind or disabled.
  • Are ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to your immigration status (This means you must apply for SSI/SSP, or submit other proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration).
  • Reside in California.
  • Have income less than the CAPI standards.
  • Have resources below the allowable limits of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple.
  • Successfully complete the application process.

Learn more about the SSI/SSP eligibility criteria.

How to apply for CAPI

Contacting the Social Security Administration

Current informationon the SSI/SSP program may be obtained by calling the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1 (800) 772-1213 or by contacting your local SSA office.