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California's Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Apply For Financial Help

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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