REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. A Bright New Day. A Bright New Day. NORTH CAROLINA REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.
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NORTH CAROLINA REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The North Carolina Refugee Assistance Programs were established to provide assistance to needy refugees who often arrive in the USA with virtually nothing but a desire to build a new life.
The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA/RRF) Program provides income to refugees who do not meet qualifications for WFFA or SSI.
The Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA/MRF) Program provides health care to refugees who do not meet qualifications for any other health care program.
Both are short-term transitional programs available for the first 8 months a refugee resides in the USA or has eligible status.
The ultimate goal of the Refugee Resettlement Program is to ensure that resettled refugees become self-sufficient as soon as possible after arrival.
US DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (VOLAGS)
Church World Service (CWS)
Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
US Catholic Council of Bishops (USCCB)
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
World Relief Corporation (WRC)
NC African Services Coalition (ASC), Greensboro (ECDC)
Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, Inc, (CRRA), Charlotte (HIAS)
Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte (CCDC), Charlotte (USCCB)
Church World Service (CWS), Durham & Greensboro (CWS)
Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM), New Bern & Wilmington (EMM)
Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC), Raleigh (LIRS)
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (USCRI)
World Relief Refugee Services (WRRS), High Point & Durham (WRC)
Provides to the Local Affiliate $1825 per family member for shelter, clothing, basic food, transportation, orientation and referral for the first 30 days.
Payable to the Local Affiliate/Resettlement Agency
REFUGEE SERVICES PROVIDERS
(The US DOS determines
IV. For individuals who are not US Citizens, how do you determine the correct Immigration Status AND whether they are eligible for Work First Family Assistance?
To receive Work First FamilyAssistance, children must live with an adult relative who is within a certain degree of kinship, or with a non-relative who has legal custody or legal guardianship.
The relative, or non-relative who has legal custody or legal guardianship, must be providing care for the child on a day-to-day basis and be responsible for ongoing decisions regarding the child's well-being.
The Department of State and Immigration Officials determine family relationships overseas.
Refugee Household May Consist of:
A single adult (age 18 and over)
A married couple with no minor children
NO Social Security Number
30 DAY PROCESSING
The 30 days begins the day after the date of application and ends on the day the check or denial notice is mailed.
The date of application is the day the application, signed by the applicant or representative, is received in the agency.
DO NOT PRORATE RCA BENEFITS.
RCA/RMA coverage is for up to 8 full monthsfrom the date of arrival in the USA (or date of eligible status). Federal guidelines count a month as 30 days, not a calendar month.In EIS, enter the first day of the month of application as the date of application.
Enter up to an 8 month certification period in EIS using Approval Code L8.
Manually generate a Notice of Benefits to the client and the local affiliate, if appropriate.
Eligibility ends 8 months after the refugee’s date of arrival, on the last day of that month.
NO Social Security Number
RMA may be authorized for 1, 2, or 3 months preceding the month of application, provided all eligibility requirements were met.
An amount for medical expenses which must be paid or incurred by the refugee before RMA can be authorized.
Net Income exceeds
200% of Poverty Level.
Compute Deductible for up to 8 months according to MAABD Manual Section 2360.
30 Day Processing
The 30 days begins the day after the date of application
and ends the day the Medicaid card or denial notice
The Date of Application is the day the application, signed by the applicant or representative, is received in the agency.
RMA coverage is for up to 8 full months from the date of arrival in the USA or the established date of eligible status.
Eligibility ends 8 months after the refugee’s date of entry on the last day of that month.
Manually generate a Notice of Benefits to the client and the local affiliate or provider, if appropriate.
You may enter up to an 8 month certification period in EIS when appropriate.
Refugees are not subject to the sponsored alien
requirements in 225.06, C. Sponsors/Co-sponsors of Refugees are usually churches or other faith-based groups who agree to help acclimate the refugee to life in America. They may help with transportation, housing, utilities, etc., but do not give money directly to the refugee
When the applicant provides documentation of alien status, verify that status using the SAVE Program. Do not delay, deny, reduce, or terminate benefits pending SAVE verification
Match Grant & RCA are not excluded in FNS budgeting.
A refugee who is subject to work requirements imposed by a Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) is exempt from Food Stamp Work Registration – which also provides exemption from ABAWD requirements
This includes refugees who receive RCA, RMA and/or Refugee Social Services through a Refugee Provider Agency
Contact the Economic Services Section for
verification or if you have questions concerning
Call Gail at 919-527-6302
Choose Division of Social Services.
The Refugee Assistance Manual is
under Economic Assistance.