Thousands of families lost their homes in the fires that devastated Sonoma County. For one group of them, no federal help ever came. An estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Even when they do qualify for services, many undocumented immigrants are unlikely to pursue those benefits due to fear of immigration enforcement, lack of familiarity with official institutions, and limited English proficiency. At every turn, our undocumented neighbors face barriers and challenges to recovering from the fires. The UndocuFund exists to support them in rebuilding their lives in Sonoma County.
The UndocuFund has distributed nearly $6 million to undocumented families in Sonoma County impacted by the fires to support them in recovering and rebuilding their lives.
The UndocuFund provides direct funding to undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County and their families to help with fire-related expenses, such as:
- Temporary housing
- Home repairs
- Essential household items
- Medical and dental expenses
- Tools and equipment required for work
- Clean-up items
- Repair of essential vehicle
- Moving and storage expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)