Repeal of Exclusions

Public Proclamation No. 24

Public Proclamation No. 24 lifted the exclusion orders

Exclusion orders were finally rescinded on November 10th, 1944, more than two years after the original order.  Camps were closed in stages to allow for a controlled exodus. However, many of those incarcerated faced many difficulties in returning to their former homes.












Department of War Services and Resettlement

Once people were allowed to leave the camps, the Department of Social Welfare again cooperated to provide financial aid and services to those looking to resettle back into California.  Financial aid was provided for housing, food, household goods, and other items that might help those newly released from camps to become self-supporting.

Correspondence on Residency and Aid

Case of residency of Frances Okamoto.

Japanese released from camps were required to establish residency in their former counties to receive aid from that county welfare office.  The War Services Bureau was again concerned with policies for establishing residency. Usually, establishment of residency required proof that an applicant had resided in the State for three full years, and in a county for one full year.  This is exemplified in the case of Frances Okamoto, who established residency in San Francisco County.