Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
Who is it for?
RCA is a cash assistance program for refugees 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.
Population that could be eligible for the RCA encompasses all of the following groups: Refugees, Asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, Afghan and Ukrainian Parolees, Amerasians, and Certified Victims of human trafficking.
RCA is available for up to 12 months from date of admission to the U.S. in qualifying status, date of final grant of asylum or date of certification by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as Victim of Trafficking.
Cuban and Haitian Entrant Cash Assistance (ECA) is also a 12 month, federally funded
needs-based cash assistance program for qualified Cuban and Haitian
who have a current or expired parole, who
are in pending removal proceedings, or who have a pending application for
asylum are Cuban/Haitian Entrants and thus are eligible for ORR benefits and
services, same as a refugee. The program mirrors the Refugee Cash Assistance
Victims of human trafficking may be eligible for additional services before they have a certification by the Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) as Victim of Trafficking. Visit the
TCVAP webpage to find out more.
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.