California Undocumented Immigrants Can Apply Monday For COVID-19 Financial Relief
Starting on Monday, May 18, California’s new Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Project will accept applications to assist undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of government COVID-19 aid, including financial support under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status.
To be eligible for disaster relief assistance, an individual must be able to provide information that they:
- are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18);
- are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and
- have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The California Department of Social Services has selected and published a list online of twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region.
For residents in California’s 80th Assembly District, beginning Monday, May 18, applicants who are eligible can seek assistance through the DRAI hotlines for San Diego and Imperial Counties. Jewish Family Service of San Diego will help assist the applicant in completing their DRAI application and confirm their eligibility.
Please contact the DRAI hotlines for San Diego and Imperial Counties at the following numbers:
- San Diego County - 858-206-8281
- Imperial County - 760-206-3242
*Please note – calls placed between now and Monday, May 18, 2020, will not be answered as the program is not operational until Monday, May 18th.
The information provided to the nonprofit organizations will only be used to confirm eligibility and provide the disaster relief assistance to eligible individuals. The nonprofit organizations will share general demographic information (e.g. age, gender, preferred language, etc.) with the State of California about applicants, but no personal information (e.g. name, address, etc.) will be given to any government agency.
Assistance will be available until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.