Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)


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The Los Angeles County Department of Social Services provides a CAPI resource page with links to a policy manual and fact sheets, and answers to FAQs. Some of these materials are available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

The North State/Orange CAPI Consortium hotline at 1-800-929-8118 offers recorded CAPI information in several different languages.

The California Department of Social Services provides an overview of CAPI, including links to statutes, policy manuals, and recent notices to all California counties that are specifically about CAPI.

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Resources on Immigrants & Benefits

National Immigration Law CenterThe National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law, and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants. Their Community Education Page has links to materials developed by NILC, the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative (CIWC) , and national nonprofit agencies addressing issues of concern to low-income immigrants.

The California Immigrant Policy Center provides information to policymakers, public officials, students, and community based organizations.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides immigration services and benefits. This includes U.S. citizenship to those who are eligible to naturalize, authorizing individuals to reside in the U.S. on a permanent basis, and providing aliens with the eligibility to work in the United States. The USCIS was formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Getting Help with Your Benefits

If you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB), and you're looking for a job, a trained Benefits Planner can help you avoid problems with your job plan. If you need help or have questions about your situation, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday.

View DB101's full list of experts who can help you understand different benefits.

Community-Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations guide people through state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with people with any type of disability. Here are a few examples

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some Goodwill Industries centers also do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. Find locations at, or by calling (voice) 1-800-466-3945.

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving people with all disabilities. Many of these centers do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. If they don't offer benefits planning themselves, Independent Living Centers can refer you to local benefits planners. Find the list of independent living centers at, or by calling (voice) 1-916-325-1690 or (TTY) 1-916-325-1695.

The California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS lists 1,300 organizations offering HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations provide case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include help with public and private benefits programs. You can search the list online, or call (voice) 1-800-367-AIDS (2437) or (TTY) 1-888-225-AIDS (2437).

Disability Rights California provides representation for consumers of public programs who are disabled. Website publications include topics on health care, benefit programs, and In-Home Supportive Services.

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