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 helped millions of Americans. But, this bill did 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.

 

Right to Recover

This program provides 2 weeks (80 hours) of minimum wage replacement to any worker in San Francisco who tests positive for COVID-19. This relief is open to anyone, regardless of immigration status. Email the Office of Economic and Workforce Development at workforce.connection@sfgov.org or call 415-701-4817 with questions.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Family Relief Fund

This fund offered monthly financial relief of $500-$1,000 cash assistance for families that do not qualify for local, state, or federal assistance. 

 

Immigrant Workers Fund

This fund provides a one-time $200 payment for supportive services and a one-time $200 payment for food for immigrant workers impacted by COVID-19. The City partnered with Bay Area Community Resources and Community Youth Center to distribute these funds.

 

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. New applications are no longer being accepted. 

 

Oakland Undocumented Relief (OAR) Fund

The OAR Fund provides financial support of up to $500 to immigrant workers in Oakland who have lost their jobs and income as a result of COVID-19.

 

California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)

Applications closed on June 30, 2020. New applications are no longer being accepted. 

 

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. New applications are no longer being accepted.

 

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 financial resources

National help for immigrants

Other helpful resources

Public benefits 

A wide range of public benefits are available to immigrants including food, child care, and health care assistance via the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

 

Utilities bill relief 

Get temporarily help paying your monthly water or sewer bill by up to 35% with the SFPUC Community First Bill Relief Program.

 

Free food or meals 

 

Workers Rights

 

Mental health 

 

Healthy San Francisco

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

 

Resource Guides

Last updated November 16, 2020