Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Public Charge

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This page was last updated 11/20/2018

What does public charge mean?

Public charge is the term used by immigration officials to refer to people who primarily rely on government cash assistance to support their cost of day-to-day living. Today, this includes programs such as Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) or assistance for long-term nursing home care.

How might this change?

There is a possibility that some health, nutrition, and housing assistance programs might be added to this list. These include non-emergency Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in California), Medicare Part D Low-income Subsidy (which helps low-income seniors afford prescription drug coverage), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps (called CalFresh in California), Section 8 housing vouchers and subsidized public housing.

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What can I do to stop this?

Submit a comment protesting this proposed change here.
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Call your Congressional Representative.
Share why many of these programs are important to you and your family, how these changes may affect you, and your opposition to these changes.

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.