Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Cash Assistance For Immigrants

CAPI is a program designed to provide cash assistance to aged, blind and disabled immigrants who are no longer eligible for the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program.

Who May Be Eligible

To be eligible for CAPI, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete an application process
  • Meet the immigration status requirements in effect for SSI/SSP eligibility as of August 21, 1996 
  • Be ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to his or her immigration status under Title IV of Public Law 104-193 and any of its subsequent amendments 
  • Meet all other current SSI/SSP eligibility criteria (including, but not limited to, income, resources, age and disability)

In Addition

  • Immigrants who entered the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996 must also have a sponsor(s) who is (are) deceased, disabled, or the immigrant must be a victim of abuse by the sponsor or the sponsor’s spouse.
  • Immigrants who entered the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996 who do not have a sponsor or have a sponsor who is NOT deceased, disabled or abusive are potentially eligible for time-limited CAPI.
  • Income - Federal rules must be followed regarding income and resources from a sponsor and spouse to the immigrant.

How To Get Help

Applicants are required to complete an application. The application process can be started by contacting us at one of the Butte Community Employment Centers. An interview with a worker will be scheduled to obtain facts and verify eligibility. If an interpreter is needed please ask at the time an appointment is made so one can be made available for the interview. There is no cost to you for the services of an interpreter.

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24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
800.400.0902
Children's Services - South County
800.400.0902
Adult Services - Countywide
800.664.9774

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803

Butte 211
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 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Saturday
7:30am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Paradise Library - Paradise  5922 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969

Hours of operation within the Library are Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon - 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

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