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.

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)
The World Building
8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 720, Silver Spring, MD 20910

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore
Baltimore Resettlement Center
1900 N Howard St #200, Baltimore, MD 21218

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Silver Spring
Suburban Washington Resettlement Center
8719 Colesville Road, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA)
7474 Greenway Center Dr, Suite 1200, Greenbelt, MD 20770

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