Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program provides cash assistance, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh to refugees. RCA is available for up to 12 months from date of admission to the U.S. in qualifying status, date of final grant of asylum or date of certification by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as Victim of Trafficking.

Who is Considered a Refugee?

The following U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) classifications are all considered refugees for the purpose of RCA:

  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Cuban and Haitian Entrants
  • Amerasians from Vietnam
  • Certified Human Trafficking Victims
  • Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Other Serious Crimes
  • Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa holders

Applying for RCA

You may apply for RCA electronically at (select cash aid) or by completing a paper application and submitting the application:

Ways to Apply


In Person

Hand your application to a receptionist at our local Social Services office Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway
Lower Lake, CA 95457

Drop Off

Drop your application in one of our drop boxes:

  • Outside the main building doors and front gate at 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway Lower Lake, CA 95457


Mail your application to:

Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 9000
Lower Lake, CA 95457


Fax your application to 707-995-4204

Apply by Phone

You can apply over the phone by calling 707-995-4200 | Toll Free: 800-628-5288 | TTY: 711.