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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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
Undocumented Fund 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
- Apply for help with housing costs in the coronavirus pandemic regardless of immigration status.
- Resources for San Francisco businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.
- Find more resources for immigrants in California.
- Get a list of bilingual community-based resources for immigrants.
National 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.
- National Domestic Workers Alliance
Get resources and safety tips for working as a domestic worker during the coronavirus outbreak.
- 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
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
- SFUSD provides free meals during the school closure for students 18 and under.
- The SF Marin Food Bank has daily food pantries across the city. No ID is required to get food. Find a Pop-Up Food Pantry near you.
- Know your rights at the workplace during COVID-19.
- Workforce Hotline:
Call the San Francisco Office of Workforce and Economic Development (SFOEWD) with any workforce questions at 415-701-4817. Help is available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Filipino Vietnamese, and Russian.
- Support services resource guide for for workers
- Immigrants Rising Mental Health Connector. Get free psychological support. You are eligible if you are a young person aged 18-30, undocumented, and live in California.
- The UndocuHealth Initiative. Get help managing stress and anxiety.
- Informed Immigrant mental health resource library. Get free mental health resources.
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.
- Latino Task Force
Health, food, employment, education and other COVID-19 related resources. Resources are available in English, Spanish and Maya.
- SF Service Guide
Find food, housing, health, and coronavirus resources in San Francisco.
Find basic services such as food, shelter, medical care, hygiene services, and technology access in San Francisco.
- Solid Start SF
Find food, housing, health and technology resources in San Francisco.