County of Marin Health and Human Services

Public Charge

What is Public Charge?

Public charge is part of immigration law that has been used by federal authorities for decades. It is designed to determine whether someone may become dependent on government assistance benefits as their main source of support. If the government determines someone is likely to become a public charge, they can deny admission to the U.S. or refuse an application for lawful permanent residency.

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Make Your Voice Heard

Submit your comments by December 10th. Review this linked document for guidance, help, and suggestions for writing your comments.

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What’s Happening and Why Are We Concerned?

The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday, September 22, its intention to publish changes to the Public Charge Rule, which could potentially impact many of the valued community members we serve.

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Trainings and Events

Upcoming Trainings will be posted as they are announced.

UCLA Center for Health Research Policy
How Proposed Changes to the "Public Charge" Rule will Affect Health, Hunger, and the Economy in California.
Click here for more information and to register.

Need community education around public charge?
Staff from Canal Alliance is available to speak at meetings or workshops (in English or Spanish) to explain and lead a discussion of the public charge issue.  If you are interested, please contact Lauren Silver at: