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DISCLAIMER: Before enrolling in any local or federal public benefits programs, individuals who are uncertain about the impact enrollment will have on their ability to become Legal Permanent Residents (LPR/Green Card holders) or Naturalized Citizens should consult with an immigration attorney before proceeding.1

 

Click here for a list of agencies in LA County that may be able to help complete immigration forms and assists with immigration questions. Or visit the Legal Services Section of the toolkit.

 

Protecting Immigrant Families is an organization advocating for immigrant rights and has more reader-friendly information regarding current rights, which organizations are included, and resources for advocacy.2

 

The United States Citizen and Immigration Services website reflects the most up-to-date legal policies and which services are included under the public charge status.3

 

Last Updated 4/7/20:

 

Under Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an individual seeking admission to the United States or seeking to adjust status to that of an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence (Green Card) is inadmissible if the individual, "at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge." For purposes of determining inadmissibility, “public charge” means an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.3

 

Some of the listed programs below may provide cash benefits. However, the purpose of such benefits is not for income maintenance, but rather to avoid the need for on-going cash assistance for income maintenance; therefore, they are not subject to public charge considerations.4

 

Use of these benefits will not be considered a Public Charge by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): 

  • USCIS will not deny your legal admission to the U.S.
  • USCIS will not deny your application for legal permanent residency.
  • USCIS will not ask you to repay public benefits you received.4

Medi-cal: What It Is and Who Is Eligible?

All children, regardless of immigration status, are eligible to apply in the state of California for Medi-cal health coverage. According to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Medi-cal is a "public health insurance program that provides health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low-income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer, or HIV/AIDS."5

 

How do I apply for Medi-cal?

There are many ways to apply for Medi-cal. All options for applying for Medi-cal services can be found here.

 

How is Medi-cal different from private insurance?

For many of the individuals who enroll in Medi-Cal, there is no premium, no co-payment, and no out of pocket cost.  Some households will see affordable costs, such as a low monthly premium. For some Medi-Cal children, the monthly premiums are $13 per child up to a family maximum of $39 per month.  In general, individuals in Medi-Cal will get the same health benefits available through Covered California at a lower cost.5

  • Outpatient (Ambulatory) services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and Newborn care
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, including Behavioral Health Treatment
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Programs such as physical and occupational therapy (known as Rehabilitative & Habilitative Services) and devices
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services & chronic disease management
  • Children’s (Pediatric) services, including oral and vision care.5

Any other questions about Medi-cal and services offered can be found here. To contact DHCS with more questions about insurance eligibility or services provided, use this link here.

California Benefits are state-funded programs to help low-income households with various services. For a complete table to determine eligibility for these programs, visit the link: Eligibility for California Benefits

 

ProgramSummaryWebsites
CALfresh (or SNAP)Helps people in low-income households purchase food by increasing their food-buying power.Apply Here
Eligibility
CalWORKsTime-limited program that provides financial assistance to eligible needy families with children to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care, and other necessary expenses.Apply Here
Eligibility
California Children’s Services (CCS)Provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, and physical and occupational therapy services to children under age 21 with CCS-eligible medical conditions.Apply Here
County Offices for CCS
Refugee Health Assessment Program (RHAP)Provide comprehensive health assessments to newly arrived refugees, asylees, victims of severe forms of trafficking, and other eligible entrants.RHAP County Clinics
Refugee Medical Assistance Program (RMA)Provides time-limited (first eight months since admission or certification) RMA-based Medi-Cal benefits to refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking.Website
Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)Provides monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled immigrants.Website

Federal Benefits are federally-funded programs to help low-income households with various services. For a complete table to determine eligibility for these programs, visit the link: Eligibility for Federal Benefits

 

ProgramSummaryWebsites
Supplemental Security IncomeFederal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.Website
Child Nutrition Programs (Women, Infants and Children (WIC), School Lunch & Breakfast, Summer Food)Provides nutritious foods, info on healthy eating, and referrals to healthcare for women, infants, and children up to age 5.Website
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)Provides assistance to needy families to achieve self-sufficiency through child care and family planning.Website
Emergency Medicaid (includes labor and delivery)Health insurance benefit program for needy individuals/families experiencing sudden, critical medical need. The individual will need to provide recent pay stubs (if available), bank statements, valid identification, and a utility bill to prove residency.Website
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)Provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much for Medi-Cal but not enough to buy private insurance.Website
Medicare “Premium Free” Part A (hospitalization)Free health coverage if you are over 65, have worked 10 years at a job where you paid Social Security taxes in the US, are eligible for Railroad Retirement benefits, or have a spouse that qualifies.Website
Premium “Buy-in” MedicareAllows Medi-Cal to pay Medicare Part A and/or Part B premiums for Medi-Cal members and others who qualify for Medi-Cal under special program, allowing Medi-Cal to defer medical costs to Medicare where appropriate.Website
HUD Public Housing and Section 8 ProgramsAssists very low-income families, elderly, and disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.Website

Online enrollment is available for some benefit programs. Check the above website links for more information about your program of interest.

 

Eligibility for California Benefits
Eligibility for Federal Benefits

 

For an up-to-date list of enrollment center locations, visit this link: DPSS Locations



ResourceLanguagesSummaryEligibilitySPA
Lancaster Office - Department of Public Social Services"

349-B E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster, CA 93535
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility1
Lancaster General Relief Sub Office - Department of Public Social Services

337 E. Ave. K-10, Lancaster, CA 93535
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility1
Armenian Relief Soceity of Western USA

517 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 500-1343
EnglishREPSee table for program eligibility2
East Valley Office - Department of Public Social Services

7555 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility2
GAIN Region II West San Fernando Valley

21415-21615 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility2
GAIN Region VII East San Fernando Valley

3307 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility2
Glendale Office - Department of Public Social Services

4680 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROW, RefugeeSee table for program eligibility2
San Fernando Sub Office - Department of Public Social Services

9188 Glenoaks Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility2
Santa Clarita Office - Department of Public Social Services

27233 Camp Plenty Rd., Canyon Country, CA 91351
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility2
West Valley Office - Department of Public Social Services

21415-21615 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, RefugeeSee table for program eligibility2
El Monte Office - Department of Public Social Services

3350 Aerojet Ave, El Monte, CA 91731
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility3
GAIN Region III San Gabriel Valley Main

3216 Rosemead Blvd., El Monte, CA 91731
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility3
Los Angeles County Children's Medical Services

9320 Telstar Ave, Suite 226, El Monte, CA 91731
M-F 8am-5pm
800-288-4584
English, SpanishCalifornia Children's ServicesSliding scale, speak with financial3
Medi-Cal LTC Office - Department of Public Social Services

17171 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry, CA 91745
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanMedi-CalSee table for program eligibility3
Pasadena Office - Department of Public Social Services

955 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility3
Pomona Office - Department of Public Social Services

2040 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility3
San Gabriel Valley Office - Department of Public Social Services

3352 Aerojet Ave., El Monte, CA 91731
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROW, RefugeeSee table for program eligibility3
Catholic Charities LA

1531 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 251-3400
EnglishREPSee table for program eligibility4
Civic Center Office - Department of Public Social Services

813 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility4
Lincoln Heights Sub Office - Department of Public Social Services

4077 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90032
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility4
Metro East Office - Department of Public Social Services

2855 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility4
Metro North Office - Department of Public Social Services

2601 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, GAIN, Refugee, CAPISee table for program eligibility4
Wilshire Special Office - Department of Public Social Services

2415 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility4
GAIN Region I West County Main

5200 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility5
Rancho Park Office - Department of Public Social Services

11110 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility5
Compton Office - Department of Public Social Services

211 E. Alondra Blvd., Compton, CA 90220
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility6
Exposition Park Office - Department of Public Services

3833 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90037
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility6
GAIN Region IV Central County Main

3833 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90037
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility6
Metro Family Office - Department of Public Social Services

2615 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility6
Metro Special Office - Department of Public Social Services

2707 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility6
South Central Office - Department of Public Social Services

10728 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility6
Southwest Family Office - Department of Public Social Services

8300 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, RefugeeSee table for program eligibility6
Belvedere Office - Department of Public Social Services

5445 E Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-377
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility7
Cudahu Office - Department of Public Social Services

8130 S. Atlantic Ave, Cudahy, CA 90201
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility7
Florence Office - Department of Public Social Services

1740 E. Gage Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90001
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility7
GAIN Region VI Southeast County Main

5460 Bandini Blvd., Bell, CA 90201
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility7
Norwalk Office - Department of Public Social Services

12727 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility7
GAIN Region V South County Main

2959 E. Victoria St., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221
M-F 8am-5pm
(877) 292-4246
EnglishGAINSee table for program eligibility8
Paramount Office - Department of Public Social Services

2961 E. Victoria St., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-CalSee table for program eligibility8
South Family Office - Department of Public Social Services

17600 A Santa Fe Ave., East Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, RefugeeSee table for program eligibility8
South Special Office - Department of Public Social Services

17600 B Santa Fe Ave., East Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, KoreanCalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility8
Southwest Special Office - Department of Public Social Services

1819 Charlie Sifford Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90047
M-F 8am-5pm
(866) 613-3777
Armenian, Cambodian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, Korean,CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, GROWSee table for program eligibility8

  1. Immigrant Child Health Toolkit. (n.d.). Retrieved May 17, 2020, from http://aapdc.org/toolkit/immigranthealth/

  2. Community Education Resources on Public Charge. (2020, April 08). Retrieved May 20, 2020, from https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/know-your-rights/

  3. Public Charge. (2009, September 03). Retrieved May 17, 2020, from https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge

  4. Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. (n.d.). Retrieved April 17, 2020, from http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss/main/programs-and-services/health-care/additional-health-care-resources/information-for-immigrants/

  5. Department of Health Care Services. (n.d.). ​Medi-Cal. Retrieved April 17, 2020, from https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal