Ukrainian and Afghan Humanitarian Parolees

| Overview

Are you a Ukrainian individual, or non-Ukrainian individual who last habitually resided in Ukraine, who has been granted humanitarian parole? Have you otherwise recently arrived from Ukraine or Afghanistan?

You may be eligible for federal “mainstream” (non-ORR funded) benefits, such as cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), health insurance through Medicaid, and food assistance through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You may also be eligible for cash assistance, medical assistance, employment preparation, job placement, English language training, and other services offered through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

Above information provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. updated 6/13/2022

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Ukrainian Support Services (USS) and Preferred Communities (PC) GAP, funded by the California Department of Social Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), support Ukrainians and Afghans during the recent crises. The CWS NorCal team provides case management to help clients access public benefits and private resources, such as health insurance, free to low-cost housing solutions, and employment referrals. The NorCal Resettlement unit assists crises impacted households in 2023 with its multi-cultural and multi-lingual staff team that represent the ethnicities and nationalities composition of the target population.

| Client Services

Case Management services include but are not limited to:

  • Emergency housing
  • Referrals to Refugee Health Clinics
  • Food assistance and referrals to community food banks
  • Referrals to SSA and help with applications for public benefits (CalWORKs, RCA, CalFresh, Medical)
  • Help with children’s school enrollment and adult enrollment in ESL classes
  • Community referrals to employment services, career development, ESL classes, transportation, social security card applications, DL/ID
  • Help with identifying and navigating affordable programs for low-income individuals and families
  • Referrals to CWS in-house Immigration services
  • Referrals to relevant CWS and Community workshops
  • In-house interpretation and translation services

Intensive Case Management services include but are not limited to:

  • Trauma-informed and in-depth long-term services to clients facing barriers to resettlement
  • Referrals to emotional health services
  • Help with navigating the US health system for cases in need of special or long-term medical care
  • Help with SSI applications for qualifying clients
  • Other relevant services identified in individualized service plans related to educational, financial, medical, social, vocational, and other services

Legal Services

  • United for Ukraine
  • Asylum
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) replacement/correction
  • Humanitarian Parole