Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

(Info in English below)

En respuesta al brote del Coronavirus, el estado de California ofrecerá fondos a inmigrantes adultos indocumentados a través del programa de Asistencia de Alivio en Desastres para Inmigrantes en California (DRAI).  Los solicitantes elegibles pueden solicitar asistencia con las organizaciones sin fines de lucro asignadas a su condado de residencia. Se espera que este financiamiento estatal llegue a unos 150,000 adultos indocumentados.

Las solicitudes se abren el 18 de mayo. Aquí, en el condado de Los Ángeles, las personas elegibles podrán buscar la ayuda a través de tres organizaciones comunitarias que fueron seleccionadas para entregar los fondos.  Estas son Asian Americans Advancing Justice, la Coalición Pro Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes de Los Angeles (CHIRLA) y el Centro de Recursos Centroamericanos (CARECEN).  La solicitud se hará a través de una llamada telefónica a una de estas tres organizaciones.

POR FAVOR, tengan en cuenta que estas organizaciones sin fines de lucro NO los pueden ayudar con el DRAI antes del 18 de mayo. Las personas NO deben contactarlas con anticipación con respecto a DRAI. La asistencia para la solicitud solo se proporcionará por teléfono únicamente.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, (213) 241-8880, www.advancingjustice-la.org

CHIRLA, (213) 201-8700, www.chirla.org

CARECEN, (213) 315-2659, www.carecen-la.org

Aquí hay una lista de todas las organizaciones sin fines de lucro que fueron seleccionadas en el estado para ayudar con DRAI: https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai

 


 

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, California is providing a one time-state funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants.  Eligible applicants may seek assistance with the nonprofit organizations assigned to their county of residence. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.

Applications open on May 18.  Here in Los Angeles County, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles (CARECEN) are providing families support with the application.

Please note that these nonprofit organizations will NOT be assisting individuals prior to May 18. Individuals should NOT contact them ahead of time regarding disaster relief assistance. Application assistance will only be provided over the phone.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, (213) 241-8880, www.advancingjustice-la.org

CHIRLA, (213) 201-8700, www.chirla.org

CARECEN , (213) 315-2659, www.carecen-la.org

Here’s a list of all the nonprofits participating in the state:  https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai

 

Source: CARECEN

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

The State of California is providing one-time disaster relief assistance to undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19, who are excluded from most forms of federal pandemic assistance, including direct assistance under the CARES Act and pandemic unemployment assistance.

What is DRAI?

The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project is a one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.

How do I apply for the DRAI Program? 

Starting May 18th, if you are eligible to apply for this assistance, call:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, (213) 241-8880, www.advancingjustice-la.org

CHIRLA, (213) 201-8700, www.chirla.org

CARECEN , (213) 315-2659, www.carecen-la.org

These nonprofits will only be allowed to assist individuals with their DRAI application if they reside in Los Angeles County.

How do I know if I am eligible to receive DRAI? 

To apply you must be able to provide information that you (1) are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); (2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, (3) have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19.

What documents do I need to apply for DRAI? 

You must provide information and documents to verify your identity, home or mailing address, and to show they have been impacted by COVID-19.

Will receiving this assistance make me a public charge and affect my ability to apply for a green card (i.e. legal permanent resident status)?

This disaster relief assistance is not means-tested and is one-time assistance. The federal government does not list this assistance as a public benefit for a public charge consideration. However, USCIS has not issued specific guidance related to this assistance. If you have questions about your immigration status and this assistance project, please consult an immigration attorney.

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