California Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

Who can use this service?

To be eligible for CAPI, a person must complete the CAPI application process and meet all of the following conditions:

  • A non-citizen who meets the appropriate immigration status.  This means the person is either a Qualified Non-citizen or a PRUCOL Non-citizen.  A “Qualified Non-citizen” is a non-citizen who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.  A PRUCOL Non-citizen is someone who is permanently residing in the United States under Color of the Law. 
  • Aged (age 65 or older), blind or disabled as defined for SSI/SSP purposes. 
  • Must apply for SSI/SSP and be ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to their immigration status and must provide proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration such as a denial letter.
  • A resident of California
  • Has income below the CAPI standard which is less than the SSI/SSP payment standard.
  • Has property below the limit of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple.

 
A person is not eligible for CAPI if they are:

  • A US Citizen
  • A resident of a public institution for at least thirty (30) consecutive days.
  • A fleeing felon or Parole violator
  • Outside of California for at least thirty (30) consecutive days. 

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

What is the process?

Step 1: California Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

To complete the application process: 
 

  • Applicants must complete the CAPI application process that includes an interview. 
  • Applicants must provide:  proof of citizenship status, SSI/SSP Denial Letter due to immigration status, sponsorship information, verification of income and property. 

When and where is this service offered?

Applications for the CAPI Program can be made by phone or in person at the San Luis Obispo Social Services office.  If an applicant lives outside the city of San Luis Obispo, he/she may go to the nearest Social Services office (Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande or Nipomo) and request a bus pass to the San Luis Obispo Social Services Office (3433 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo).

Location, directions and hours of operation

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SLO Social Services- Higuera

Monday - Friday 8-5

3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-1600

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CAPI Program?

The California Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is a cash assistance program for non-citizens who are either aged, blind or disabled who do not qualify for SSI solely due to immigration status. 
 

What does CAPI provide, and how long will it last?

CAPI provides a monthly cash benefit.  Eligibility to the program is re-determined every twelve (12) months. 
 

Who is eligible for CAPI?

To be eligible for CAPI you must be at least 65 years of age or meet Social Security's definition of disability or blindness.  In addition, you must be either a Qualified non-citizen or Permanently Residing in the US under Color of Law (PRUCOL), a California resident, have income and property below the CAPI Limits and provide proof that you have applied for SSI and have been denied due to your immigration status

How do I apply for CAPI?

Applications for the CAPI Program can be made by phone or in person at the San Luis Obispo Social Services office.  Applicants who live outside the city of San Luis Obispo, he/she may go to the nearest Social Services office (Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande or Nipomo) and request a bus pass to the San Luis Obispo Social Services Office (3433 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo). 
 

Where to apply for CAPI?

Applications for the CAPI Program can be made by phone or in person at the San Luis Obispo Social Services office. Call (805) 781-1600 to apply. 
 
For applicants who live outside the city of San Luis Obispo, he/she may go to the nearest Social Services office (Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande or Nipomo) and request a bus pass to the San Luis Obispo Social Services Office (3433 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo). 

Are there any medical eligibility requirements to enroll in CAPI?

If you are under the age of 65 years, then yes, you must meet Social Security's definitions of disability or blindness. 

If you are age 65 years or older, then no, there are no medical requirements because you are considered “aged”.
 

Does what I have in the bank and/or what I own affect my eligibility for CAPI?

Yes, to be eligible for CAPI, you cannot have property worth more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. CAPI does not count the value of the home that you live in, or the value of your car. 

How soon can I be eligible for benefits from CAPI?

If your CAPI application is approved, your eligibility will begin the month after you apply for benefits. 
 

Can I qualify for CAPI and SSI (Supplemental Security Income)?

No, to be eligible for CAPI, you must not be eligible for the SSI Program.  You may, however, be eligible for CAPI while your SSI application is being processed. 
 

Can I be on CAPI and other programs such as Medi-Cal or CalFresh?

Yes, you may be on CAPI and other programs such as Medi-Cal, CalFresh and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).  You will have to apply for the programs and complete the program's application process. 
 

How do I stay enrolled/eligible for CAPI?

To stay enrolled in CAPI, you will need to continue to meet the income, asset and residency requirements.  You will need to complete a re-determination process every twelve (12) months. 

What is the difference between CAPI and SSI?

The CAPI program is a state program for people who do not qualify for SSI/SSP due to their immigration status.  The SSI/SSP program is a federal and state program administered by the Social Security Administration. 
 

What if I have a sponsor will my sponsors and my sponsor's spouse's income and property be considered when determining my eligibility for CAPI?

If you entered the US with the support of a sponsor, your sponsor's income and property may affect your eligibility for CAPI. Usually a sponsor, their income and property are considered when determining CAPI eligibility. The spouse of the sponsor's income and resources may also be considered in determining eligibility. 

Are there certain immigration requirements for CAPI?

To be eligible for CAPI, you must be either a Qualified Non-citizen or Permanently Residing in the US Under Color of Law (PRUCOL). 
 

Does my spouse's income affect my eligibility for CAPI?

Your spouse's income and property may affect your eligibility for the CAPI program. 

Is CAPI considered a "Public Charge"?

CAPI benefits are cash benefits that may be considered a "Public Charge".  If you have questions about "Public Charge" and the CAPI program, you may wish to consult an immigration attorney or other experts in Immigration. 
 
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is a national support center whose mission is 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
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) can be found on the internet at https://www.nilc.org/.
Or you can call the Los Angeles office at (213) 639-3900
 
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides immigration services and benefits.  The USCIS was formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). 
USCIS can be found on the internet at https://www.uscis.gov/.
Or you can call toll-free 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TDD for the deaf or hard of hearing)