Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP)

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) developed the Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP) to support the transition of recent Afghan newcomers to long-term housing in California following Operation Allies Welcome initiated in July 2021. ASIP was designed to provide time-limited housing rental subsidies and housing focused services aimed at helping Afghan arrivals stabilize and move towards self-sufficiency. The program has been largely successful with over 4,700 ASIP applications approved to date. As we near the end of this time-limited program, ASIP will stop accepting applications as of September 30, 2022.

Current participants enrolled in the program prior to September 30, 2022, will be eligible to receive rental subsidy assistance for a maximum of 12 months from the date of first approval based on demonstrated need. Current participants will continue to be recertified for the program at three-month intervals and must provide accurate and necessary information to verify the need for continued assistance. Recertification notices will include the remaining months of eligibility and reflect the increased portion of rent the participant is responsible for as they move towards attaining self-sufficiency. If you are working with any participants, we ask for your help in ensuring they understand the recertification process and the maximum length of eligibility they currently have. All ASIP payments will end sometime between March 31, 2023, through September 30, 2023, contingent upon when an ASIP recipient entered the program.

Questions can be directed to CDSS at ASIP@dss.ca.gov.