About the Refugee Programs Bureau

The Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) on behalf of the California Department of Social Services provides statewide administration of California's Refugee Resettlement Program and the Cuban/Haitian Entrant Program within pertinent federal guidelines, funding constraints and the State Plan.  The RPB has responsibility for managing and coordinating the delivery of benefits and services to the refugee and entrant populations of California in partnership with counties and local refugee service providers.  The RPB also has oversight responsibility for the Repatriation Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program, Refugee School Impact Grant, Older Refugee Discretionary Grant and the Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program.

RPB Vision

Empowering individuals to successfully transition and grow in California communities.

RPB Mission

It is the RPB's mission to provide state-level leadership and coordination of refugee programs and services to achieve successful refugee resettlement and integration of vulnerable populations in California.  

RPB Units

Internally the RPB is comprised of three units that are responsible for overseeing the state's administrative functions.  They include the following:  Adult Refugee Services Unit, Children and Youth Unit and the Operations Unit.

Contact Information

California Department of Social Services
Refugee Programs Bureau, MS 9-6-646
P.O. Box 944243
Sacramento, CA 94244-2430
Email: RPB@dss.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 654-4356
Fax: (916) 654-7187

Information and Resources

For more information and resources visit the Refugee Programs website. This resource is designed to assist county eligibility workers and other partners who provide services to the public.

If you are a member of the public we encourage you to apply online at  BenefitsCal or contact your county social services agency