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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