Refugee Transitional Cash Assistance

Program Description

Refugee Transitional Cash Assistance (also referred to as “RTCA”) is a state-administered and federally-funded temporary financial assistance program. It is available to qualified legal immigrants to allow them sufficient time to secure employment and become economically independent. The program is comparable to Maryland’s Temporary Cash Assistance for Families (TCA) program in benefits and requirements, but is designed to help qualified immigrants without dependent children.

Where can you apply for RTCA?

The Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees (MORA) administers RTCA in partnership with local resettlement agencies. You may visit one of the following agencies to see if you are eligible to apply.

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)
 The World Building
 8121 Georgia Avenue Suite 800, Silver Spring, M.D. 20910
 Phone: 301-562-7301

HIAS/Jewish Community Services (JCS)
 5750 Park Heights Avenue
 Baltimore, MD 21215
 Phone: 443-451-2256, Fax: 410-484-3003

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore
 c/o Baltimore Resettlement Center, 3516 Eastern Avenue
 Baltimore, MD 21224
 Phone: 410-321-1885, Fax: 410-327-1939

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Silver Spring
 Suburban Washington Resettlement Center
 8719 Colesville Road, 3rd Floor
 Silver Spring, MD 20910
 Phone: 301-562-8611, Fax: 301-562-8585

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA)
 Maryland Office, 3799 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782
 Phone: 240-714-4034 Fax: 240-714-4069

World Relief Anne Arundel
 102-A Sixth Ave NE
 Glen Burnie, MD 21061
 Phone: 410-760-4514, Fax: 410-760-6504

[Note: You should be prepared to produce proof of your immigration status when you make an appointment to determine program eligibility]