California's Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Apply For Financial Help

California's Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Apply For Financial Help

May 18, 2020


California's undocumented immigrants can begin applying today, for disaster relief payments of up to $1,000 per household under Gov. Gavin Newsom's coronavirus emergency assistance plan.


$75-million fund for undocumented adults who are not eligible for other forms of government assistance, such an unemployment benefits and federal stimulus checks. A qualifying undocumented adult can receive $500, with a maximum of $1,000 per household.


Called the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project, the $75 million in state funding will be distributed to 12 organizations throughout California.


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.


With the funds spread among so many people, most families will not receive the funding. Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run through June 30 or until the funding is totally spent.


To apply, undocumented immigrants should contact the group representing their area:


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


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

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