Refugees are individuals who are unable to return to their country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution because of:
Membership in a Particular Social Group
Refugees are eligible to apply for the same assistance programs as United States citizens, including:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Refugee Cash Assistance
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 months in the United States so they can become self-sufficient.