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. 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 (CRC) 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.