U.S. Repatriation

To provide temporary assistance, care, and treatment to eligible US citizens and their dependents after their return to the United States from travel in a foreign country due to physical or mental illness, destitution, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis and are without resources.

Examples of Funded Projects

One cooperative agreement has been awarded to provide services under this program.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, one cooperative agreement was awarded. The program serves over 200 US citizens each year.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides temporary assistance such as money payments, medical care, temporary billeting, admission into a nursing home or hospital, settling with family or friends, moving into permanent housing, or foster care placement, transportation, overnight lodging, food, provision for escort services, clothing and other goods and services necessary for the health or welfare of individuals (including guidance, counseling, and other welfare services), furnished to U. S. citizens and their dependents who are without available resources in the U. S. upon their arrival from abroad and for such period after their arrival, not exceeding 90 days, as may be provided in regulations of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This temporary assistance is given in the form of a loan and must be repaid to the U. S. Government.

Repatriates agree to repay costs to Federal government.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

National/international social service organizations with expertise in mental health, child welfare, and criminal justice system.

Coordination with the U.S.

Another criteria for eligibility relies on the agency's ability to work with Department of State and Repatriation Coordinators in each State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. citizens and their dependents returning to the U.S. from abroad.


Proof of U.S. Citizenship, destitution and if applying due to mental condition, individual, a certificate as to the mental status.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage by E.O.


Application Procedures

ACF discretionary grants procedures.

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded through ACF discretionary grants procedures.


Listed in the ORR and ACF website.


Social Security Act, Section 1113; 24 U.S.C. 9.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Two months.


Not applicable.


Project periods are generally for five years with one year budget periods.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five-year project period and annual budget period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program Performance Reports and Financial Status Reports are due on a semi-annual schedule.


Subsumed in Departmental audit procedures.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grant) FY 07 $900,000; FY 08 $1,000,000; and FY 09 est $1,300,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 07, a single cooperative agreement was awarded for $900,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 211-212. A brochure entitled "Temporary Assistance for Repatriates" is available from the Headquarters Office at no charge.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Elizabeth Russell, Director. Telephone: (202) 401-4845.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Listed in the ORR and ACF website.

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