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.

ASIP invests $38.2 million in housing assistance from federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) through the Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act (ASA) Refugee Support Services award. CDSS has awarded this funding to two regional lead organizations, International Rescue Committee of Northern California (IRC NorCal) in Northern California and Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego (CCDSD) in Southern California, with each receiving $19.1 million.

ASIP provides direct housing assistance and housing support services to eligible households through partnerships with Resettlement Agencies (RAs) and Community Partners (CPs). Afghan families with a principal applicant who arrived in the United States between July 31, 2021 and September 30, 2022 are eligible for ASIP assistance.

Program Start Date:  March 15, 2022, with additional housing support services phasing in the following weeks and months.

Eligible Households:  Afghans with an eligible immigration status as determined by ORR:

  • Citizens or nationals of Afghanistan (including unaccompanied minors) paroled into the U.S. under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act between July 31, 2021 and September 30, 2022.
  • Citizens or nationals of Afghanistan for whom refugee and entrant assistance activities are authorized and whose eligibility date is on or after July 31, 2021:
    • Special Immigrant Visa holders
    • Special Immigrants with Conditional Permanent Resident status
    • SI/SQ parolees
    • Refugees
    • Asylees

Application Process:  An eligible Afghan household should reach out to their refugee resettlement agency case manager, community-based organization contact to apply.  The online application will only be accessible by 501(c)(3) organizations (i.e., the public cannot access the link). If a household is not connected to any of the above organizations, they should reach out to their region’s ASIP Lead.

ASIP Leads:

  • International Rescue Committee, Northern California (IRC NorCal)
    • Service Region: Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento, and Stanislaus counties and other impacted communities in the Central Valley and Northern California
    • See the application for the Northern California region.  Prior to submitting an application, please review the Orientation slides to learn more about eligibility and process.  If you have further questions, please email ASIP@rescue.org.
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego (CCDSD)
    • Service Region: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties and in other impacted metros in Southern California
    • Review the Orientation slides to learn more about eligibility and process.  If you have further questions, please email ASIP@ccdsd.org or call CCDSD at (619) 375-5200.

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