The U. S. Repatriation Program was established to provide temporary assistance to private U. S. citizens and their dependents identified by the Department of State (DOS) as having returned from a foreign country to the U. S. because of (1) destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis,
and are without available resources or (2) mental illness.
The Program provides temporary assistance for up to 90 days to eligible repatriates.
Temporary assistance is defined by legislation as money payments, medical care, temporary billeting (e.g.
public shelter), transportation, and other goods and services necessary for the health or welfare of individuals (including guidance, counseling, and other welfare services).
This temporary assistance is provided in the form of a loan and must be repaid to the U. S. Government.