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]