CASH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR IMMIGRANTS (CAPI)

CAPI is a 100% state funded program that provides cash assistance to certain low-income legal non-citizens who reside in California and who have been denied Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) solely based on their immigrant status.  CAPI recipients must either have reached the age of 65, or if younger, must be determined to be disabled or blind. 

Whether or not you are eligible for CAPI, you may still be eligible for other programs such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and/or In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).   

Basic Eligibility Requirements

If you are 65 or older, or are blind or disabled, and if you have been denied SSI/SSP payments because of your immigration status, you may be eligible for CAPI payments if you:           

  • are a California resident; and
  • meet the Immigration criteria for CAPI: Qualified non-citizen, PRUCOL, etc; and
  • have income below the CAPI payment standard for which you are eligible; and
  • have resources (savings, cash, property, etc.) in the amount of $2,000 or less if you are single or $3,000 or less if you are married.

Applying For CAPI

You may apply for CAPI over the phone by calling 1-888-960-4477 or by mail. Customers applying for In-Home Supportive Services by emailing IHSSHOME@rivco.org can also include interest in CAPI.

Currently in-person service is unavailable due to COVID-19 but these two DPSS office locations will be available to assist customers once the department reopens. 

  APS/IHSS/Medi-Cal Office (DPSS Office)             APS/IHSS/Medi-Cal (DPSS Office)

            11060 Magnolia Ave.                                                561 N. San Jacinto St.

             Riverside, CA 92543                                                    Hemet, CA 92543


CAPI Payments

CAPI payments vary according to income, marital status (single or married), sponsorship status, housing arrangements, and so on.

Note: Maximum CAPI payments are the same as maximum SSI/SSP payments.

If you have a sponsor, your sponsor’s income (and the income of your sponsor’s spouse) may be counted as your own income and may affect the amount of CAPI for which you are eligible. Your eligibility worker can give you more information about payment amounts and how income and property may affect them.

The following payment amounts do not cover all situations and are subject to periodic change.  The County Social Services Agency publishes any changes on CAPI payment levels as soon as possible after notification from the State. 

 

CAPI Payment Standards

Effective January 1, 2020 

Individual

Independent Living

Total CAPI

Aged or Disabled

$943.72

Aged or Disabled – no cooking facilities

$1,030.04

Blind

$1,000.23

Disabled Minor

$848.15

 

Reduced Needs

Total CAPI

Aged or Disabled

$686.24

Blind

$742.76

Disabled Minor – Household of Another

$590.67

 

Couples

Independent Living

Total CAPI

Aged or Disabled

$1,582.14 (÷2 = $791.07 each)

Aged or Disabled – no cooking facilities

$1,754.77 (÷2 = $877.38 each)

Blind

$1,733.19 (÷2 = $866.59 each)

Blind w/ Aged or Disabled Spouse

$1,675.65 (÷2 = $837.82 each)

 

Reduced Needs

Total CAPI

Aged or Disabled

$1,195.75 (÷2 = $597.87 each)

Blind

$1,346.80 (÷2 = $673.40 each)

Blind w/ Aged or Disabled Spouse

$1,289.26 (÷2 = $664.63 each)

 

*Rates for Non-Medical Out-of-Home Care are available upon request.

 

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