Cash Assistance for Immigrants

What is CAPI?

The Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) provides cash aid to legal permanent residents of the United Sates who are aged, blind or disabled and have been denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or State Supplementary Payment (SSP) benefits due to their immigration status. The  CAPI provides cash assistance to help pay for living expenses such as rent and utilities.

You can apply for and receive General Assistance (GA) while your CAPI application is being processed.

CAPI Payment Amounts

The CAPI assistant amounts are determined by a variety of factors including the household's income, marital status, sponsorship status, age, disability, and housing situation.

How do I apply?

CAPI applications are available at  the County of Santa Cruz Customer Service Centers located at 1020 Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz and 18 West Beach Street in Watsonville.

A meeting with a County Benefit Representative will be scheduled once your completed application is received to gather documents and complete other requirements.

Please note: County of Santa Cruz CAPI applications and payments are processed by San Mateo County. 

Where do I apply?

You can apply for CAPI in person at the County of Santa Cruz Customer Service Centers:

1020 Emeline Avenue, Building B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-4165
TTY for Hearing Impaired: (831) 454-4763


18 W. Beach Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-8500
TTY for Hearing Impaired: (831) 454-4763

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for the Cash Assistance Payment for Immigrants (CAPI) program if you are age 65 or older, or are blind or disabled, and have been denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or State Supplemental Payment (SSP) because of your immigrant status, and you:

  • Have little or no income, and
  • Own items valued at less than $2,000 if you are single, or $3,000 if you are married.

The value of the home you live in is NOT included in the eligibility assessment. However, properties you own in addition to the home you live in, and any property and income you have outside of the United States are included in eligibility considerations.

If you entered the United States with the support of a sponsor, the sponsor and their spouse's income and resources are considered when determining your CAPI eligibility unless you:

  • Are a victim of abuse, a child who is a victim of abuse, or a parent whose child is a victim of abuse; OR
  • Your sponsor cannot meet your basic needs.