Thousands of families lost their homes in the fires that devastated Sonoma County. For hundreds of them, no federal help is coming. 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 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 will ensure that undocumented families in Sonoma County impacted by the fires will have the support and resources they need to recover and rebuild.
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)