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Undocumented Immigrants Can Receive Financial Assistance In California

As of yesterday, May 18, financial assistance became available to undocumented immigrants in California.

Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for federal aid however, under a $125 million COVID-19 emergency assistance plan introduced by Gov. Gavin Newsom a projected 150,000 undocumented immigrants will be assisted on a first come-first sever basis.

This is a one-time assistance for undocumented immigrant families and has a maximum limit of $1,000 per household but $500 per adult. The assistance is only provided to adults 18 and over.

Although this is government funded, those who wish to apply do not apply through government channels. The state of California has distributed the funds to 12 non-profit organizations:

  • California Human Development Corporation

  • Catholic Charities of California

  • Mixteco/

  • Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)

  • Community Action Board Santa Cruz

  • United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF)

  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice

  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights - CHIRLA

  • Central American Resource Center - CARECEN

  • San Bernardino Community Service Center

  • TODEC Legal Center Perris

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Those who wish to apply must contact the nonprofit organization listed in their county.

The time to apply is now. Funding is limited and assistance will be given until June 30, 2020 or when the funding is finished.

For more information click here.

California is the first state to dedicate funding to helping undocumented immigrants.

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