COVID-19 extension of RCA, ECA and TCVAP eligibility

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued guidance regarding extension of eligibility for Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Entrant Cash Assistance (ECA) and Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program (TCVAP) until beyond the 8-month time limit until September 30, 2020.

RCA, ECA and TCVAP provide cash benefits to various refugee and immigrant populations for 8 months.  The programs generally follow eligibility rules for CalWORKs.  Note that applicants and recipients of these programs are not required to provide a Social Security Number.

ECA, RCA and TCVAP are now extended until September 30, 2020 for recipients whose date of eligibility is between April 1, 2019, and February 1, 2020.  For recipients who received their either month of benefits in May, 2020 or will reach the 8 month limit between June 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020, benefits will continue until September 30, 2020.  For such recipients who reached their 8 month limit or were discontinued because of noncompliance, counties can extend benefits until September 30, 2020 if clients reapply and meet eligibility requirements. Counties are encouraged to contact clients to inform them they may be eligible and can reapply.  (ACWDL, June 11, 2020.)