Public Charge Resources

Posted: September 1, 2020
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Latest News on Public Charge: On November 4th, 2020, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals stayed yesterday’s decision in Illinois to vacate the DHS public charge rule pending its appeal. This means that the DHS public charge rule can now be implemented while litigation plays out.

Multiple cases continue, including a case challenging the Department of State’s (DOS) public charge rules and the President’s Health Insurance Proclamation. The preliminary injunction in this case is still in effect nationwide. For now, the resources below remain applicable and CCALAC will keep members apprised of new developments. Please email Lily Dorn at with any questions regarding public charge.

National PIF “What Advocates Need to Know Now” Document

Click here to access the most up-to-date information on public charge. Here’s PIF’s updated google document for advocates. (Updated September 2020)

PIF Coalition Public Charge Litigation Tracker

  • The PIF coalition developed a google document to track all litigation efforts on Public Charge. Click HERE to access the shared document. (Updated August 2020)

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to USCIS in Response to COVID-19

ILRC updated a practice alert which provides a brief summary of temporary changes USCIS has made in response to COVID-19. This practice alert includes that as of September 11, 2020, USCIS may resume implementation of the new public charge rule nationwide. This document will be updated as further changes occur. Click HERE to access the practice alert. (September 2020)

NEW! CA PIF Immigrant Health Community Packet

The California PIF Campaign and health and immigrant rights experts developed a packet for advocates to easily access documents, information, presentations, and sample social media posts to help elevate the message that Undocumented Californians have the right to access public services. Access the community packet HERE.

Public Charge Informational Videos

California Department of Social Services Public Charge Contact List

Click HERE for a list of all organizations in California that are funded by the state to provide Public Charge legal advice on immigration. (May 2020)

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) 24/7 Hotline

CHIRLA provides a 24-hour immigrant assistance hotline. The hotline is staffed by bilingual referral specialists who understand that in California, immigrants have the right to medical care, without regard to their immigration status. Visit the CHIRLA Immigrant Resources page HERE for more information for immigrant communities on seeking testing and/or medical care for COVID-19. CHIRLA 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-624-4752

California Health Care Foundation (CHCF): Message Testing to Combat Public Charge’s Chilling Effect

Public Charge & Health Insurance in California- Western Center on Law & Poverty

Office of the Governor: California Immigrant Guide (Public Charge & COVID-19)

Neighborhood Legal Services LA County (NLSLA)

  • Public Charge FAQ 
  • “Know Your Rights” Flyers – English | Spanish
  • Public Charge Hotline (for information or a referral. Free & Confidential): 1-800-433-6251 (LA County)

Public Charge Guide from the California Health and Human Services Agency

Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF)

Keep Your Benefits

Public Charge Assessment Tool (Updated January 27, 2020): PIF California and partner organizations, including Legal Aid of San Mateo County, created a screening tool to share with immigrant communities. The tool was developed by benefits experts and immigration lawyers to help individuals understand if “public charge” is likely to apply to them given their immigration status and/or public benefits use.

Keep Your Benefits CA: Public Charge Information & Resources

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Public Charge: Frequently Asked Questions

Public Charge Know Your Rights Flyers English | Spanish

My Health LA Public Charge Flyers 

LIBRE Project Public Charge Flyers

NACHC Health Center Specific Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Resources 

Resources from Coalitions & Organizations