Continued from our article titled “Q&A: The Status of California’s $125M Undocumented Immigrant Fund”. There is now a new update regarding the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI).
Starting this week, undocumented immigrants who are affected by the debilitating effects of this pandemic will be able to apply for the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Project, announced by Governor Newsom last month on April 15.
Individuals who qualify can receive up to $500 in financial assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 assistance per household. The aid will be distributed until it is exhausted or until June 30, the latest. Those who qualify should apply soon, because it is on a first-come, first served basis.
In order to qualify, you must provide information that you are an undocumented immigrant above the age of 18, are not eligible for federal Covid-19 assistance, and have experienced financial hardship because of the pandemic.
Although the federal government does not list this Relief Assistance as a public benefit, there have not been any updates from USCIS regarding this Assistance. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from their immigration attorney.
“California is the most diverse state in the nation. Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient. Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together.” – Gavin Newsom
Those who wish to apply for assistance can contact JFS by visiting: https://www.jfssd.org/drai-project/#additional
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*(Please note that while these are information gathered on current news; this is reinforced by our opinion and may not be construed as a form of advice)*