California Wildfire Disaster Relief for Immigrants

by Ventura County Community Foundation Vetted since 2018

Summary

The 805 UndocuFund is a joint effort of immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to provide disaster relief to local immigrant families who are excluded from federal aid programs like FEMA and Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Many immigrant families were affected including loss of homes and essential belongings, lost jobs, and lost wages.

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Challenge

The Thomas Fire was the largest fire in California's history. The wildfire, hazardous air quality conditions, school closures and subsequent mudslides has led to economic impacts such as destroyed and damaged apartments and homes, lost jobs, increased childcare expenses and other costs for many across the region. The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort to ensure that undocumented individuals and families impacted by natural disasters have the support they need.

Solution

The Fund assists individuals/families who have lost their homes, wages, and/or employment due to natural disasters with expenses including temporary housing, home repairs, rent, groceries, childcare expenses due to disaster related school closure, essential household items, clean-up items, medical /dental expenses, tools/equipment required for work, school supplies, repair of essential vehicles, moving/storage expenses, legal document replacement, and funeral and burial expenses.

Long-Term Impact

Unlike other natural disaster victims, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), disaster unemployment benefits or some public safety net programs. Even when they or their children are eligible for disaster relief services, their lack of immigration status, limited English proficiency, and fear of immigration enforcement prevents them from seeking assistance. The 805 UndocuFund will help provide that assistance.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​vccf.org

Organization Information

Ventura County Community Foundation

Location: Camarillo, CA - USA
Website: https:/​/​vccf.org/​
Project Leader:
Breanne Foster
Camarillo, CA United States
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