8 results for author: Michael Kavate


Community fund helps undocumented migrants rebuild after NorCal fires

After the destruction of the North Bay Fires, most Sonoma County residents could get financial assistance to help rebuild. But for the more than 40,000 undocumented immigrants living there, access to financial support has been limited. So a group of community organizations teamed up to raise money for Undocufund— a special fund that provides financial aid without strings attached or the risk of deportation. Just like the DMV — except not The organizers publicized an initial goal of raising $2 million. Today, they’ve raised almost $5 million. So far they’ve helped 4,000 people with half the funds yet to be distributed. People apply for ...

The Bay Area’s Housing Crisis Is Even Worse After the Wildfires

During the night of October 8th, Santa Rosa, California, found itself pinned between two wildfires. To the southeast, the Nuns fire burned west of Highway 12. To the northeast, the Tubbs fire charred the hills outside Calistoga and worked its way southwest. In Santa Rosa, the latter would prove the more devastating. The Tubbs fire tore through the wealthy community of Fountaingrove before jumping Highway 101 and claiming about 1,500 homes in dense, working-class Coffey Park. By the time they were contained at the end of October, a spate of fires around the North Bay had claimed more than 40 lives and 5,700 buildings. Even before the fires, ...

Want To Make A Difference This Giving Tuesday? Support These Organizations That Are Making An Impact

It’s Giving Tuesday, a day which amplifies the message of supporting local, national, and international organizations doing good (which I believe you should support year round!). As someone dedicated to supporting small, local businesses...

This Holiday Season, Please Support These Fundraiser Events for Fire Relief

This year’s holiday season is going to be especially challenging for a large number of people affected by the devastating North Bay fires, whether they lost their homes or their jobs, to those who tragically lost their loved ones...

From Sonoma County’s Ashes, a Fund for Undocumented Immigrants Rises

Like many who awoke to the smell of smoke in the early hours of October 9th, Agustin Vivienda and his family raced out of their home and tumbled into the family car. As flames streamed into their neighbor’s backyard, Vivienda’s wife had just enough time to toss the children’s U.S. birth certificates and other important documents into a bag...

Escaping a Wildfire and Fighting to Stay Here

When he first smelled smoke, Luis just thought a neighbor was having a barbecue. But the scent lingered, and the 25-year-old aspiring neuroscientist soon learned that a forest fire was barreling straight toward his home...

Some immigrant fire victims forgo aid, fearing language on FEMA forms

Members of the immigrant community displaced by the Wine Country fires are facing a new dilemma, fearing that information they provide on forms seeking federal disaster relief could be shared with immigration agents. And some say they will avoid applying altogether as a result. Their concerns have gained the attention of Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, who plans to send a letter Thursday to Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seeking clarification on the intent of language used in FEMA applications. “We have heard from constituents who are eligible for aid — U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and ...

New Fund Expected to Help Undocumented Immigrants Affected By North Bay Wildfires

A new fund has been started by a coalition of immigrant service providers and advocates to provide direct assistance to undocumented residents affected by the North Bay wildfires. The campaign, ‘UndocuFund,’ was launched for residents in Sonoma County with a mission to provide direct support to undocumented children, families and communities affected by the fires. According to ‘UndocuFund,’ an estimated 38,500* undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County, many of which were affected by the fires. Due to a lack of English speaking proficiency and immigration status many undocumented victims avoid access to disaster-relief services ...