Public Charge Resources

Posted: December 23, 2019
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On January 27, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the last nationwide injunction that prevented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule from taking effect. This means that the public charge rule can go into effect nationwide (except in Illinois where a statewide injunction remains in place). Note, this week’s ruling was only in regards to the injunction – it was not a ruling on the merits of the case over the lawfulness of the new public charge rule, those lawsuits are still underway. This just means the rule can take effect while the lawsuits are in progress. On January 30, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security announced a February 24 effective date and clarified that the agency will only apply the new rule to applications and petitions submitted on or after February 24, 2020 and will not consider benefits applied for, used or received before Monday, February 24, 2020. Click HERE to read the full announcement from USCIS.

CCALAC encourages membership to join CPCA’s Public Charge webinar for non-legal service providers on Wednesday, March 11 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT. This webinar is designed for folks conducting outreach and providing information to immigrants in a non-legal capacity. Register HERE. 

CCALAC will continue to monitor this closely and will keep members apprised of new information regarding implementation of the public charge rule.

Please email Lily Dorn at with any questions or concerns around Public Charge.

CCALAC will add provider trainings and modules are are update  in the coming weeks.

Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF)  Resources – Updated February 14, 2020

Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Specialized Resources for Advocates and Service Providers 

Screening Tool – Updated January 27, 2020

PIF California and partner organizations created a helpful screening tool to share with immigrant communities. The tool was developed by benefits experts and immigration lawyers to help communities understand if there is a public charge test for their immigration plans or status.

  1. Text ‘benefits’ for English
  2. Text ‘libre’ for Spanish
  3. Text ‘福利’ for Chinese
  4. Text ‘lợiích’ for Vietnamese

Click HERE to access all PIF specialized resources for advocates and service providers. 

Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Resources – Updated October 24, 2019

Click HERE to access all PIF Resources.

Resources from Neighborhood Legal Services – Los Angeles

CA Health & Human Services (Departments of Healthcare Services, Social Services & Public Health and Covered California)

My Health LA Public Charge Flyers 

Legal Resources:

Resources from Coalitions & Organizations

The LIBRE Project – See If Public Charge Affects You

  • Public Charge Screening Tool (This is not legal advice. CCALAC did not create and is not responsible for this resource or the information provided). – Website under construction as of January 27, 2020. Check same link soon!