Refugee Transitional Cash Assistance

Program Description

Refugee Transitional Cash Assistance (RTCA or RCA) is a state-administered and federally-funded temporary financial assistance program. RTCA benefits provide support to eligible clients until they can secure employment and become economically independent. Eligibility for RTCA is determined by both state and federal guidelines. Per 45 CFR § 400.53, eligible applicants:

  • Have held an eligible and documented immigration status in the U.S. less than the established RTCA eligibility period (currently 12 months after arrival or after an asylum grant).
  • Are ineligible for other cash assistance programs including TANF (Maryland TCA program for families with dependent children), SSI, OAA, AB, APTD, and AABD.
  • Are not full-time students in institutions of higher education
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines

Where can you apply for RTCA?

MORA administers RTCA in partnership with local Resettlement Agencies in Maryland. Please contact one of the following agencies to see if you are eligible to apply.

Baltimore Metropolitan Area

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore
Baltimore Resettlement Center
1900 N Howard St #200, Baltimore, MD 21218
410-327-1885
https://www.rescue.org/united-states/baltimore-md
Email: baltimore@rescue.org

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)
The Churches of the Holy Apostles and St. Stephen
901 Courtney Road
Baltimore, MD 21227
https://lssnca.org/

Suburban Washington Area

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) African Community Center DC Metro
The World Building
8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 720
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-562-7303
https://acc-dc.org/

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Suburban Washington Resettlement Center
8719 Colesville Road, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-562-8633
https://www.rescue.org/united-states/silver-spring-md
Email: SilverSpring@rescue.org

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)
7474 Greenway Center Dr, Suite 1200
Greenbelt, MD 20770
240-714-4034
https://lssnca.org

Frederick Area

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)
Grace United Church of Christ
25 E. 2nd Street
Frederick, MD 21701
240-496-6841
https://lssnca.org/

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