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Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) provides cash assistance to certain aged, blind, and disabled legal immigrants ineligible for Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) due to their immigration status. CAPI participants may also be eligible for Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services, and/or CalFresh benefits.

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To be eligible for CAPI, you must meet all of the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be a California resident;
  • Be age 65 or over, blind, or disabled; 
  • Be a non-citizen and meet the immigration status criteria in effect for SSI/SSP as of 08/21/96; 
  • Be ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to your immigration status. This means you must apply for SSI/SSP and submit proof of your ineligibility from the Social Security Administration;
  • 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 payment standards. 


If eligible, your CAPI payment amount will depend on your marital status, living arrangement, and income.


You are not eligible for CAPI if you are:

  •  A United States (U. S.) Citizen;
  •  A resident of a public institution for at least 30 consecutive days;
  •  A fleeing felon/parole violator; or
  •  Outside of California for at least 30 consecutive days.
Apply By Mail or Fax

Please print and fill out the Application for CAPI.

Once completed, mail it to:

Metro North District Office
2601 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90057

Or fax it to:


Apply By Phone

Call 866-613-3777 to speak to a representative who will guide you through the application process.

Apply In Person

You may file a CAPI application at any DPSS District Office. However, all CAPI applications will be processed at the Metro North District Office.

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