Enhanced Services for Asylees and Vulnerable Noncitizens (ESAVN) Program

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The ESAVN program provides resettlement case management services for persons who are currently residing in California and are granted asylum by the United States (U.S.) Attorney General or the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, or who are eligible for assistance and services as members of “vulnerable populations” under the Trafficking and Crime Victim Assistance Program (TCVAP).

Eligible Populations

  • Individuals granted asylum
  • Noncitizen survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who are preparing to file or have filed petitions for the T-Visa or have filed petitions for or received the U-Visa non-immigrant status with the appropriate federal agency.

ESAVN Services

The ESAVN program will provide culturally appropriate and responsive case management services for asylees and vulnerable noncitizens for up to 90-days within the first year following the grant of asylum or after having been deemed vulnerable noncitizens eligible for services under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 13283.

Eligible Applicants

The California Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau, will be granting $8 million in state general funds to qualified nonprofit organizations.

Funding Announcement

Deadline extended: Applications accepted until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

The $8 million funding will be awarded by the CDSS to qualified nonprofit organizations in five geographic regions for a project period beginning June 1, 2022 ending June 30, 2023.

The purpose of ESAVN is to provide state level outreach and case management to asylees and vulnerable non-citizens to assist in accessing public social benefits, which these populations historically underutilize. It will provide cultural orientations regarding civic engagement, and direct services including English language classes, pre-employment services, and job placement. In addition, case managers will assist clients in navigating the social services and health care systems to ensure equitable access to government public benefit assistance.

Questions may be submitted to ESAVN@dss.ca.gov.

Answers to Submitted Questions

Responses to Questions that were submitted by the due date.

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