CHDC selected by state to administer the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants project in Sonoma County
California Human Development (CHDC) has been selected to administer Sonoma County applications for the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project that was announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 15, 2020.
CHDC will NOT be assisting individuals prior to May 18,2020. Individuals SHOULD NOT contact them ahead of time regarding disaster relief assistance. Application assistance will NOT be provided in person.
The phone number for this program is: 707.228.1338 or you can visit the program website here: https://californiahumandevelopment.org/disaster-relief-assistance-for-immigrants/.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project?
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.
The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.
When is the disaster relief assistance available?
Individuals may begin applying on May 18, 2020. Assistance will be available until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applicants may only seek assistance with the nonprofit organization(s) assigned to their county of residency.
- Please note:
- Funding is limited, and disaster relief application services and assistance are not guaranteed.
- Nonprofit organizations will not be assisting individuals prior to May 18. Individuals should not contact them ahead of time regarding disaster relief assistance.
Who is eligible for this disaster relief assistance?
Eligible individuals must be able to provide information that they (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.
If someone receives this disaster relief assistance will it affect their ability to get a green card (adjust status) or to become a U.S. Citizen? Will receiving this assistance make someone a public charge?
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 there are questions about immigration status and this assistance project, please consult an immigration attorney. More information, including a list of free and low-cost immigration services providers, is available in the new Guide for Immigrant Californians.
Is the personal information provided to the nonprofits to apply for this disaster relief assistance protected?
The information provided to the nonprofit organizations will only be used to confirm eligibility and provide the disaster relief assistance to eligible individuals. The nonprofit organizations will share general demographic information (e.g. age, gender, preferred language, etc.) with the State of California about applicants, but no personal information (e.g. name, address, etc.) will be given to any government agency.
How does someone apply for this disaster relief assistance?
CDSS published the list of the nonprofit organizations that were selected to administer the disaster relief assistance in the various regions of California here: COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants. Individuals who are interested in applying for this assistance should contact the nonprofit organization listed for their county no sooner than May 18. Interested applicants must contact the organization for their county directly to inquire about assistance availability. The nonprofit organization will assist individuals with the application process, confirm their eligibility, and deliver a payment card to approved applicants. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Funding is limited, and disaster relief application services and assistance are not guaranteed.
How many people in a household can receive this disaster relief assistance?
A maximum of two adults per household can qualify for this assistance for a total of $1000 in assistance per household. A household is defined as individuals who live and purchase and prepare meals together.
How do eligible individuals receive this disaster relief assistance?
If a person is found eligible and their application is approved, the nonprofit organization that helped them apply will provide additional information on how they will receive their payment card either through in-person pick-up or through the mail.
How long do I have to apply for this disaster relief assistance?
Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The $75 million in direct assistance will be distributed to individuals with approved applications beginning on May 18, 2020, until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. Given the economic hardship undocumented adults are experiencing due to COVID-19, this disaster relief assistance may run out within a very short period of time.
If I am unable to apply for this disaster relief assistance, are there other organizations that can help me?
In partnership with California philanthropy, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) launched the California Immigrant Resilience Fund which seeks to raise $50 million to provide cash assistance to undocumented Californians and their families who are ineligible for COVID-19 federal relief and state safety-net programs. The Resilience Fund is a separate but complementary effort that disburses private contributions to help undocumented Californians weather economic hardship amidst this pandemic. To see a list of organizations distributing Resilience Fund disaster assistance visit www.immigrantfundca.org/
Where can I find more information about other government services and programs I may be eligible for during the COVID-19 pandemic?
You can find useful information about California services and programs for immigrants in the Guide for Immigrant Californians, including information about jobs, wages, and benefits, and small business and housing supports. Visit www.covid19.ca.gov and click on the Guide for Immigrant Californians tab.