Help for immigrants during coronavirus

Immigration updates and financial resources for immigrants during the coronavirus outbreak.

Immigration updates

Unemployment Benefits 

DACA holders can get unemployment benefits in California. These benefits are available if you were laid off or lost hours due to the coronavirus crisis. See if you are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits.

No Public Charge Impacts

Tests or treatment for COVID-19 will not be considered under the new public charge rule. No one should avoid accessing treatment for fear of being subject to public charge.

Unemployment benefits are not considered under the public charge assessment, either. 

ICE enforcement 

During the coronavirus outbreak, ICE said it will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities. This includes hospitals, doctors’ offices, health clinics, and emergency or urgent care facilities. You should get medical help if you need it.

It is important to know your rights around Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

If you think you see Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Francisco, you can call the Rapid Response hotline.

Immigration legal help 

Community legal service providers are still operating during the coronavirus outbreak. They are available by phone and email. Call an organization to get immigration legal help in your own language.

Financial help for immigrants in the Bay Area

The coronavirus stimulus bill will provide help to millions of Americans. But, this bill does not provide aid for many residents, including undocumented immigrants. 

There are other ways for you to get help. 

Most of these resources need you to fill out an application. If a resource is not available, you should check back again for updated information.


California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)

DRAI provides financial help of up to $1,000 for undocumented adults living in the Bay Area. These state funds are being distributed locally through Catholic Charities of San Francisco. 

Call 415-324-1011 to apply. You can call  from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.


Undocufund SF

Undocufund SF helps undocumented workers and families. You can get help if you live, work or recently lost work in San Francisco due to COVID-19.


Mission Asset Fund Immigrant Families Fund

This rapid response fund provides emergency help for immigrants, students, and workers. Apply now.


Bay Area Labor Councils Response Fund

SF union members who do not qualify for EDD or SDI may get one-time help paying rent, utility bills or groceries, up to $500. Call 415-440-4907 and leave a message to apply.


Migrant Youth Relief Fund (Bay Area) 

This fund helps Bay Area migrant youth ages 15-30. It also helps a guardian of migrant youth, ages 0-20. Apply now


SF Bay Area Mutual Relief Fund 

You can get financial or other help, like grocery shopping, if you are a Bay Area resident. Fill out this form to get help.


Somos Familia COVID-19 Fund for LGBTQI+ Latinx individuals 

You can get financial help if you identify as LGBTQI+ and Latinx. 


Techqueria COVID-19 fund for undocumented workers

You can get  financial help if you are an undocumented immigrant in the Bay Area. 


Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund

You can get help if you are an undocumented worker who lives or works in Oakland.


Undocumented Fund in Sonoma County 

You can get help if you are an undocumented worker who lives or works in Sonoma County.


Root & Rebound COVID-19 Fund

You can get financial help if you were recently incarcerated in California. Root & Rebound offers gift cards for up to $100 for basic needs. 


Other resources

Apply for help with housing costs in the coronavirus pandemic regardless of immigration status.

Find more resources for immigrants in California. 

Get a list of bilingual community-based resources for immigrants.

National financial help for immigrants

United We Dream UndocuFund

You can get help if you are undocumented or live in a mixed-status family and have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Apply now.


Restaurant Workers Relief Fund
Get help if you are a restaurant worker.


National Domestic Workers Alliance

Get resources and safety tips for working as a domestic worker during the coronavirus outbreak. Financial help coming soon.


One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
Get help if you are a restaurant, personal driver, delivery, or personal service worker.


Another Round, Another Rally Emergency Assistance
Get help if you work in the hospitality industry.


Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Get emergency help if you are a restaurant or bar worker.

Other helpful resources

Latino Task Force Resources

Health, food, employment, education and other COVID-19 related resources. Resources are available in English, Spanish and Maya.


Free food or meals 

Mental health 

Healthy San Francisco
You can use Healthy San Francisco regardless of your immigration status. You can still get services during the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more.

Last updated May 20, 2020