Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP)

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) developed the Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP) to support the transition of recent Afghan newcomers to long-term housing in California following Operation Allies Welcome initiated in July 2021. ASIP was designed to provide time-limited housing rental subsidies and housing focused services to help Afghan arrivals in need stabilize and move towards self-sufficiency. The program has been largely successful with over 1,200 ASIP applications approved and over 5,500 individuals receiving ASIP support. As we near the end of this time-limited program, RPB is transitioning the ASIP program from a regional service provider program model to a singular statewide administration approach and has identified Catholic Charities Dioceses of San Diego (CCDSD) as the statewide lead service provider to administer ASIP effective January 1, 2023.

Current participants enrolled in the program prior to September 30, 2022, may be eligible to receive rental subsidy assistance for a maximum of 12 months from the date of first approval based on demonstrated need. Applications for ASIP are no longer being accepted statewide as of September 30, 2022. Current participants will continue to be recertified for the program at three-month intervals and must provide accurate and necessary information to CCDSD to verify the need for continued assistance. Recertification notices will include the remaining months of eligibility and reflect the increased portion of rent the participant is responsible for as they move towards attaining self-sufficiency.  

If your organization is working with any ASIP recipients, we ask for your support in ensuring they understand the recertification process and the maximum length of eligibility they currently have. All ASIP payments will end between November 30, 2022, through September 30, 2023, contingent upon when an ASIP recipient entered the program and continued eligibility determinations.  

Questions can be directed to CDSS at ASIP@dss.ca.gov.