Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

CAPI is a 100 percent state-funded program designed to provide monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, or disabled non-citizens who are ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to their immigration status. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) eliminated Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) eligibility for most non-citizens. As a result, most immigrants who were not receiving SSI/SSP in August 1996 are no longer eligible for SSI/SSP.

To be eligible for CAPI you must:

  1. Be ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to immigration status,
  2. Be 65 years old or older, blind, or disabled,
  3. Be a resident of California,
  4. Meet certain income and resource requirements, and
  5. Be a non-citizen and meet the immigration status criteria (See Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Section 49.020 “Immigration Status”)

State regulations governing CAPI are found in Manual of Policies and Procedures, Division 49.

How CAPI Works:

  • In Calaveras County, all CAPI applications are forwarded to The Sacramento County Human Assistance office for processing. You do not need to contact Sacramento County to apply. If you apply with our office, we will immediately forward the application to Sacramento County for processing.  
  • Once Sacramento County receives the application, a county eligibility worker will be assigned to your case, and you may be asked to provide additional information, including (but not limited to) immigration documents, a rental agreement, and bank statements.
  • You have the right to ask for extra help completing your application or any other matter related to your CAPI case. Ask your county eligibility worker if you are unsure what kind of help is available.
  • You will be notified by mail if your CAPI application has been approved or denied or if more information is needed for the county to determine eligibility.
  • CAPI benefit amounts vary depending on marital status, living arrangement, and income. CAPI payment standards are equivalent to the payment standards for SSI/SSP.
  • If approved, you will be asked to complete a redetermination of your CAPI benefits every 12 months or if any changes occur, such as if you move, your income changes, or if new people join your household. It is crucial to report all changes to your local county social services office within 10 days.
  • If you disagree with the county’s decision regarding your eligibility for CAPI or the benefit amount, you will receive instructions on filing an appeal.

How to Apply:

At this time CAPI applications are not available on  

You may apply by completing an application (SOC 814) in person, by phone, email, fax, or mail at our main office or any of our outstation offices. You may also visit the CAPI webpage for Sacramento County here for information on how to submit an application directly to Sacramento County.

You can get recorded information about CAPI in a number of languages at the CAPI service center’s toll-free number 24 hours a day: 1-800-929-8118.

In addition to English, the CAPI application (SOC 814) is also available in the following languages: Spanish, Armenian and Chinese.