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Services to Older Refugees

The Services to Older Refugees (SOR) Program provides funding to assist refugees who are 60 years of age or older. Services provided under the SOR Program:

  • Establishes and/or expands working relationships between refugee service providers and local Area Agencies on Agingto ensure that older refugees are linked to mainstream senior services; and
  • Assists older refugees with the naturalization process, particularly those individuals who have lost, or are at risk of losing, their Supplemental Security Incomebenefits due to their noncitizenstatus.

For Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017, the Refugee Programs Bureau will allocateSOR funding to impacted counties as appropriate. The state allocates to participating counties based on the number of older refugees in the counties receiving public assistance.

TheSOR is awarded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to states through a formula grant process.

Below are links to more information on theSOR program.If you have questions, please contact the Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) at (916) 654-4356, or at RPB@dss.ca.gov.

NOTE:Some links below are to documents in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (PDF). Please see Tips for Using Adobe PDF Files for details.