Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

MAY 2011

Some immigrants who are not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be able to receive cash assistance under the “CAPI” program.

Among the questions this resource addresses are the following (this list is not exhaustive):

  • What is the CAPI program?
  • Who is eligible for the program?
  • Who is a “qualified” immigrant?
  • Which battered spouses and children are considered “qualified”?
  • Who is a PRUCOL immigrant?
  • What about survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, or other serious crimes?
  • How will the CAPI agency decide whether I would go hungry or homeless if I don’t receive assistance?
  • If I apply for CAPI, will I be eligible for Medi-Cal or food stamps (CalFresh)?
  • I get General Assistance/General Relief now. Will I qualify for CAPI?
  • How do I apply?
  • I have been receiving CAPI, and recently became a U.S. citizen and applied for SSI. Can I keep getting CAPI while waiting for my SSI check?

Thanks to Legal Assistance for Seniors for first developing this resource and to the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for assisting with its revision.

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