Coronavirus Aid for Farm workers & Undocumented families in California

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.


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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

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:


Northern California:
California Human Development Corporation
(707) 228-1338
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

Bay Area:
Catholic Charities of California
Alameda and Contra Costa:
Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo:
Santa Clara:

Central Coast:
Mixteco / Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
Santa Barbara: (805) 519-7776
Ventura: (805) 519-7774

Community Action Board Santa Cruz
(800) 228-6820
Covering Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz

Central Valley:
United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF)
(877) 527-6660
Covering Ash, Kern, Kings, Wood, Merced, Tulare and Mono

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)
(877) 557-0521
Covering Mariposa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne Yolo and Yuba

Los Angeles and Orange County:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
(213) 241-8880
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
(213) 201-8700
Los Angeles Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
(213) 315-2659

Inland Empire:
San Bernardino Community Service Center
(888) 444-0170, (909) 521-7535
Covering Inyo, Riverside, San Bernardino

TODEC Legal Center Perris
(888) 863-3291
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


More news:

The Latino Community Foundation, based in San Francisco started the Love Not Fear Fund for undocumented families before Newsom’s announcement.

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.”



Jacqueline García is a reporter with La Opinión. This article is part of The California Divide, a collaboration among newsrooms examining income inequity and economic survival in California.