is a state-funded program that provides monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled non-citizens who are not eligible for SSI/SSP solely due to their immigrant status.
As a CAPI recipient you may be eligible for CalFresh (formerly known as the Food Stamps Program), Medi-Cal, Special Circumstances, and IHSS, but you must apply for each benefit separately. There is no automatic eligibility link between CAPI and these other programs.
Basic Eligibility Rules for CAPI
- Fill out an application provided by the Department of Social Services.
- Meet all SSI/SSP eligibility criteria except for immigration status
Be aged, blind, or disabled,
Be a resident of California,
Have resources below the allowable limits of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple, and
Have income less than the CAPI standards
- Be a non-citizen and meet the immigration status criteria in effect for SSI/SSP as of 8/21/96.
- Be ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to immigration status. This means you must apply for SSI/SSP, or submit other proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
Amount of Benefits
CAPI payment amounts vary depending on your marital status, living arrangements and other income. CAPI payments are $10 less than SSI/SSP payment ($20 for a couple). Current information regarding SSI/SSP payment standards in California and SSI/SSP eligibility information can be obtained by calling the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1 (800) 772-1213 or by contacting your local SSA office.
State regulations governing CAPI can be found in Manual of Policies and Procedures, Division 49.
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