California’s undocumented immigrants can begin applying on May 18th for disaster relief payments of up to $1,000 per household under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus emergency assistance plan.
- Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis until the $75 million in state funding runs out.
- $125 million public-private Disaster Relief Fund will pay a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult, capped at $1,000 per household.
- source: cal matters.
* scroll to 12th minute and 22 seconds.
Beginning Monday, May 18, the State of California is providing one-time state-funded relief to undocumented immigrant workers who are ineligible for federal aid via the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) because of their immigration status.
Individuals interested in applying for relief should contact the nonprofit organization in their county/region (see directory below). Those who qualify can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.
The process of applying:
The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project, $75 million in state funding, will be distributed to 12 organizations throughout California.
Additionally, the governor said $50 million would be available from philanthropy groups to be supervised through the organization Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). However, as of Thursday, only $13 million had been collected from philanthropy through immigrantfundca.org.
The organizations were selected from among Immigration Services Financing contractors who have existing agreements with the state. The state Department of Social Services also selected nonprofits that have the ability to provide a high volume of application assistance services to undocumented populations in specific geographic locations.
Applications will be available until funds for each region are exhausted.
An applicant must be undocumented, over 18 years of age, ineligible for federal assistance related to COVID-19 such as the stimulus check or unemployment benefits, and able to demonstrate that they have faced financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.
Organizations will verify the applicant’s documents to ensure they match the information provided and will make the final decisions.
To apply, undocumented immigrants should contact the group representing their area:
California Human Development Corporation
(707) 228-1338 www.californiahumandevelopment.org/
Covering Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Pleasure, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma Tehama, Trinity
Catholic Charities of California
Alameda and Contra Costa: www.cceb.org
Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo: www.catholiccharitiessf.org/
Santa Clara: www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/
Mixteco / Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
Santa Barbara: (805) 519-7776
Ventura: (805) 519-7774
Community Action Board Santa Cruz
(800) 228-6820 www.cabinc.org/
Covering Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz
United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF)
(877) 527-6660 www.ufwfoundation.org
Covering Ash, Kern, Kings, Wood, Merced, Tulare and Mono
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)
(877) 557-0521 www.crlaf.org/drai
Covering Mariposa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne Yolo and Yuba
Los Angeles and Orange County:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
(213) 241-8880 www.advancingjustice-la.org
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
(213) 201-8700 www.chirla.org
Los Angeles Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
(213) 315-2659 www.carecen-la.org/
San Bernardino Community Service Center
(888) 444-0170, (909) 521-7535 www.sbcscinc.org
Covering Inyo, Riverside, San Bernardino
TODEC Legal Center Perris
(888) 863-3291 www.TODEC.org
Covering Inyo, Riverside, San Bernardino
San Diego and Imperial County
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Imperial County: 760-206-3242
San Diego County: 858-206-8281
Christian Arana, the foundation’s policy director, has raised about half a million to provide assistance. The philanthropic organization regularly invests in Latino-led organizations. Arana said he hopes Newsom’s action helps apply pressure at the federal level to assist people left out of the previous relief packages.
“We can’t pick and choose when society wants to consider us essential,” said Arana, whose parents emigrated from Guatemala. “We were always essential.”