Richmond VA > Social Services > Programs > Refugee

Last Updated: 2015-01-27

Refugees are individuals who are unable to return to their country of origin because of persecution
or a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular
social group, or political opinion.

Available Assistance

Refugees are eligible to apply for the same assistance programs as United States citizens,
including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid.

Single refugee adults or couples who are not eligible for TANF or Medicaid may be eligible to receive
Refugee Cash Assistance and Refugee Medicaid for their first eight (8) months in the United States so
that they can become self-sufficient.

For more information:

  • Call 3-1-1 for information on the application process or to speak with a customer service
  • Visit one of our three Social Services locations for assistance.

Contact Information:

Social Services
City of Richmond
Marshall Plaza Building
900 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Customer Care Center:
Call 3-1-1


East Richmond:
East District Center
701 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA 23223-6539
Mon-Tues-Thurs 9:00am-12:00pm Map It

Marshall Plaza Building
900 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1538
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South Richmond:
Southside Community Service Center
4100 Hull Street Road
Richmond, VA 23224-1745
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