Q&A: The Status of California’s $125M Undocumented Immigrant Fund

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On April 16, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $125 million fund to be distributed to the undocumented immigrants of California. However, since then, there has been no further update for the state’s undocumented individuals who do not qualify for the federal stimulus because of their immigration status. If everything pulls through, the earliest that people could get their funds is in May.

What are the funds called? It is comprised of two funds. The first is the $75 million Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants, which is consisted of taxpayer money through the California Department of Social Services. The second fund is from private money and the goal is to raise $50 million called the California Immigrant Resilience Fund.

Has the money been raised? The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants fund is done. However, the California Immigrant Resilience Fund is only at the $9.9 million mark out of $50 million goal.

When can immigrants get the money? It would be distributed sometime in May, according to Department of Social Services spokesperson Jason Montiel. There isn’t a time frame for when all this would be accomplished, but it would likely be distributed in May.

Who will distribute the money? There will be 100 nonprofit community-based organizations chosen to distribute the money. As the GCIR group is still choosing, applicants will need to apply to each of the chosen groups separately.

How much money can applicants get? Eligible undocumented immigrants may receive a disaster relief assistance of $500. There is a limit of only two adults per household who can receive the assistance.

What is the eligibility criteria? Immigrants “must provide information that they are an undocumented adult who is ineligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, including CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and has experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19.” (P.18).

Are there other ways that undocumented immigrants can get funds? In the Bay Area and California, there are some nonprofits and groups that have been raising and distributing money separate from the state. A list of the organizations is provided in the source article below.

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