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The UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County, which ceased operations in December 2018, was formed to support undocumented victims of the 2017 Northern California wildefires.

Thousands of families lost their homes in the fires that devastated Sonoma County that year. For one group of them, no federal help ever came. An estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims, 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 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 provided direct funding to undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County and their families to help with fire-related expenses. Between October 2017 and the Fund’s closure in December 2018, it raised and distributed roughly $6 million in direct assistance to almost 1,900 families whose lost homes, possessions and earnings in the fires. Many thanks to the hundreds of donors who made our work possible.

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