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Refugee Assistance

Refugee families with children in Michigan are eligible to apply for cash (Family Independence Program), available to residents with low income.  The Refugee Assistance Program is a federally funded program which helps persons admitted into the U.S. as refugees to become self-sufficient after their arrival.  Refugees who are single or married without children are eligible for temporary assistance.  Temporary refugee cash assistance and refugee medical assistance is available to eligible refugees who do not qualify for cash assistance (through the FIP program), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Medicaid.

Eligibility for refugee cash and medical assistance is available for up to eight months after entry into the U.S., or from the date asylum was granted, if you have one of the following immigration statuses: 

  • Refugee or Asylee
  • Cuban/Haitian entrant or parolee
  • Amerasian
  • Victim of trafficking/T-Visa holders
  • Iraqi or Afghan Special Immigrant VISA (SIV) holders

Immigration status is determined by officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For more information on Refugee Assistance, you can visit the MDHHS page.