California Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

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. 

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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Social Services

Child Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)

Adult Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011
  • Mandated Reporter