Sacramento, (Ajit USA) – City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra on May 18 released a statement applauding the efforts of California Governor Gavin Newsom for supporting undocumented immigrant families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I applaud the efforts by Governor Gavin Newsom to provide highly needed aid to undocumented working families and refugees. Unfortunately, many immigrant families have lost their jobs and are not receiving assistance from the federal government or other public aid,” said Councilmember Eric Guerra, who represents District 6.
Gov. Newsom on April 15 announced financial assistance for undocumented immigrant families who are not eligible to receive federal COVID-19-related aid and other unemployment benefits.
Families that are experiencing hardship can apply for assistance through the “Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants” program. The local organization selected to provide financial aid is the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) in partnership with Sacramento Family, Unity, Education, and Legal Network, also known as the FUEL Network.
Guerra continued, “I am proud of the selection of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and their partnership with the Sacramento FUEL Network to help provide relief for families in need. These organizations have a proven commitment to our migrant and refugee community and have developed the trust and respect of local non-profits to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable in our community are met.
I want to also thank the many working immigrant families who are at the forefront keeping essential services running during the pandemic, from harvesting and delivering food to cleaning public spaces. They do so while facing the brunt of high infection rates due to the nature of their work, and many risk losing the sole provider in their families if infected by COVID-19.
This aid will provide an onetime direct financial assistance to help alleviate some of the economic households constraints families are facing. In Sacramento, many workers in the restaurant, hospitality, and service sectors have been impacted dramatically.”
Residents in Sacramento County can apply for financial assistance by calling the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation at 877-557-0521 and leaving a voicemail. CRLAF is currently experiencing heavy call volume and appreciates individuals’ patience while waiting for a return call. All applicants will receive a return call in several days or weeks.
Enrollment will be available starting today and funds will be distributed until they are exhausted or until June 20, 2020. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation has “Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants” caseworkers who speak English, Spanish, Mixteco, Russian, Cantonese and Mandarin. CRLAF will utilize professional interpreting services to serve those who do not speak one of these languages. Callers who do not speak any of these languages are asked to press “9” when calling in and beginning their voicemail message with the language they need assistance in.
For more details, please visit https://www.crlaf.org/faq