Public Charge Resources

Posted: September 1, 2020
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On March 9 2021, the Department of Justice announced the U.S Government will no longer defend the 2019 Public Charge rule. The decision follows an early February Executive Order issued by President Biden that called for an immediate review of agency actions on public charge. The long-standing 1999 “field guidance” (the policy that was in place before the 2019 Rule) will apply, effective immediately. On September 28, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moved forward with releasing the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which will help establish a permanent public charge rule.

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 outlining the current public charge rule in place following the 1999 field guidance. (Updated Feb. 2021)

Benefits Access for Immigrants Los Angeles (BAILA)

BAILA supports immigrant families and essential workers to access the public benefits they need to stay healthy and strong.Access the website HERE.

NEW! Public Charge Resources from the CA PIF Coalition

The ABCs of Public Charge presents a simple overview of public charge as it is currently enforced, based on the 1999 field guidance. We encourage members to disseminate this resource to clinic staff and through your networks to share an updated understanding of how public charge works. PIF has also made available additional resources for advocates and services providers to share with their networks linked below.

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. (Updated March 2021)

Keep Your Benefits

Public Charge Assessment Tool (Updated February 2021): 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

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

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)

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 

NACHC Health Center Specific Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Resources 

Resources from Coalitions & Organizations