United States Government Assistance for Low Income Immigrants

The United States government has a variety of programs that help low-income immigrants. In this article, we will explore how companies and organizations are trying to alleviate the situation that exists in the country for many immigrants.

US government programs for immigrants vary depending on which country you are in. If you are a Cuban citizen entering the United States, the government will give you assistance with money and housing for a period of six months.

If you are an undocumented immigrant who is in the United States, they can help you with money and housing for five years if it is a public or private charity who helps you and you are under 21 years of age.

If you need medical help in the US, you can receive assistance with money and housing for two years if you have a medical condition that provides aid to the government.

If you are undocumented and you are working in the US, they can help you with money for housing for three years if it is private help who helps you and you have a number of children under 18 years of age.

Government Assistance for Low Income Immigrants

Government assistance is available to all low-income people, including those without immigration status (undocumented immigrants):


  1. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have children under the age of 5, you can get help shopping for some essential foods through this program.
  2. Food Banks: find a site where you can get free food boxes near you at https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/find-help/find-food/
  3. Meals on Wheels: if you are 60 or older and at risk of malnutrition, you may be eligible for free meals delivered to your home.


  1. Emergency Medicaid (CAWEM): you may be eligible for insurance that covers emergency medical care even if you do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan due to immigration status.
  2. Pregnancy Coverage (CAWEM +): if you are pregnant but do not meet the requirements due to immigration status for the Oregon Health Plan, you can still get full medical coverage (as it is not as limited coverage as CAWEM coverage).
  3. Cover All Kids: if you or your children are under the age of 19 and you do not meet the immigration status requirements for the Oregon Health Plan, you can get full OHP coverage through this program.
  4. Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP or Oregon Rx): if you don’t have insurance, the prescription drug program can help pay for your medical treatment.

Temporary Assistance for Survivors of Domestic Violence (TA-DVS)

If you are a victim of domestic violence and have children or are pregnant, you may be eligible for emergency cash assistance from DHS (United States Department of Homeland Security) to help you stay safe.

Which immigrants are qualified for public benefits?

-Legal permanent residents (green card holders) who have maintained their stay for 5 years or more.


-People who receive political asylum.

-People whose removal is withheld by an immigration judge.

-Self-petitioners VAWA.

-Cuban or Haitian entrants.

-People who were granted probation for 1 year or more.

What about public charge?

-Many immigrants are not subject to the public charge test.

-Us. Citizens are always exempt from the public charge rule.

-Permanent residents (green card holders) who do not leave the United States will not face the public charge test.

-Many beneficiaries of humanitarian programs, such as refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Juvenile holders and VAWA Self-Petitioners are exempt from the public charge test.

-Most of the benefits of the safety net are not considered in the public charge test.

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