This collection of records of the
Orange County Social Services Agency (OCSSA) includes documents related to the
administration of government refugee assistance programs. The materials consist of
administrative papers, correspondence, data and statistics, reports, legislative documents,
memoranda, notes, proclamations and resolutions, and program plans, and document refugee
assistance activities at the county and state level. Among the programs and agencies
included as topics in this collection are: OCSSA Central Intake Unit, Greater Avenues for
Independence (welfare program), Mutual Assistance Association, Refugee Employment Assistance
Program, Refugee Demonstration Project, Refugee Employment Social Services, Refugee
Resettlement Project, and Targeted Assistance Program.
The Orange County Social Services Agency (OCSSA) has been providing refugee services since
1975. However, the bulk of the materials in this collection relate to those programs
impacted by the United States Refugee Act of 1980. The Act increased the country's refugee
quota from 17,400 to 50,000, established Congressional control over the entire process of
admitting refugees, and appointed an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under the
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). ORR administered a full range of federally
funded programs that assisted in the resettlement process at the state and county levels.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Southeast Asian Archive Librarian.