Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants or CAPI provides cash assistance to aged, blind or disabled immigrants who do NOT qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because of their immigration status. To get cash assistance from CAPI, you have to meet certain requirements. Most importantly, you have to be an aged, blind, or disabled California resident who has been denied SSI because of your immigration status. You also have to meet other requirements about your income, assets, and living arrangements.
If you entered the United States before August 22, 1996, you may be eligible for SSI, if you are 65 or older and lawfully resided in the United States. If you entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996, you may also be eligible for CAPI if you are aged, blind, or disabled.
The eligibility requirements are as follows:
- You cannot be receiving SSI/SSP and must be:
- 65 years or older and lawfully entered the U.S. on or before August 21, 1996; or,
- Disabled, blind, or aged and entered the U.S. on or before August 21, 1996, (these individuals must provide proof of their Permanently Residing Under Color of Law [PRUCOL] status); or,
- Disabled, blind, or aged lawfully entered the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996 and have a sponsor, but the sponsor is deceased, disabled or abusive (or the sponsor’s spouse is abusive to the participants); or,
- Disabled, blind or PRUCOL or qualified alien, entered the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996, and do not have a sponsor or have a sponsor who is not deceased, disabled or abusive.
- You are not eligible for CAPI if:
- You are a U.S. citizen
- You are in a public institution
- You are a fleeing felon
- You are not a California resident
Your monthly income, after certain amounts are disregarded, cannot be greater than the maximum CAPI benefit amount. Income is anything you receive in cash or in-kind that can be used or sold to meet your needs for food, clothing and shelter. In-kind income is not cash but it is food, clothing, shelter, or something that can be used to get any of these.
An individual may have up to $2,000 and a couple may have up to $3,000 in resources. Resources are cash or other property that can be converted into cash for support. Some resources are not counted in determining eligibility, such as your principal place of residence (regardless of value) and one car (used to provide necessary transportation or does not exceed $4,500)