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