Refugee program benefits and services in California are provided at the local level by county social services/welfare departments (or they contract with local refugee service providers to deliver direct services). Certain California counties where large populations of refugees reside are designated as refugee-impacted. These refugee-impacted counties offer additional employment and social services to refugees. Refugees who live in these counties may be eligible for special employment services and training. Current refugee-impacted counties are: Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Stanislaus. Refugee forum meetings are held in most of these counties to discuss the issues and concerns of the refugee population in an effort to develop solutions for implementing services for successful refugee resettlement.
In these counties, generally, refugee programs and services are administered by a County Refugee Coordinator (CRC) (who also contract with local service providers). Contact the CRC for your county to determine what services are available in your community. Visit the County Welfare Directors Association website for contact and location information to county social services/welfare departments statewide. For more on refugee program benefits and services, see our "Getting Services" page.
The external links below are to refugee-impacted counties that have refugee program information on-line. Please address any comments regarding the content or accuracy of the information to the respective Webmasters/Administrators. For questions regarding State program information, send email to RPB@dss.ca.gov.