City of L.A. Resource Guide for Immigrants during COVID-19 crisis

RELIEF FUNDS

  • CA Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants: a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance program for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide $500 in direct assistance to those who qualify, and a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. Eligible individuals who live in Los Angeles County can apply starting on Monday, May 18, 2020 through the following nonprofit organizations: 
  • Inclusive Action for the City, East LA Community Corporation, & Public Counsel: Street Vendor Emergency Fund (this fund will provide $400 in direct cash to street vendors who cannot access government resources). 
  • Immigrants Rising Entrepreneurship Fund: to provide grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change. The Fund showcases the talents of undocumented young people and amplifies the positive impact of their work. Two different types of grants available: 1) Kickstarter Grants: Short-term, non-renewable grants of up to $2,000 and 2) Fellowship Grants: One-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. To find out more and apply, click here.  
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Coronavirus Care Fund: to provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners. Currently, application is only open to domestic workers who are members and participants in NDWA’s chapters, affiliates, and circles, and to current Alia users. NDWA will open their application to other domestic workers as soon as funding allows. If you do not currently qualify, complete form and you will be informed as soon as the fund is open to all domestic workers. Text RELIEF to 97779 to get updates from NDWA.
  • Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program via Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: to provide assistance for those employed by restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier. Make sure to indicate on your application that you found out about Southern Smoke Foundation through Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. For application in Spanish, click here; for application in English, click here
  • Another Round, Another Rally Emergency Assistance: to provide $500 in relief grants to workers in the hospitality industry such as dishwashers, bartenders, servers, bussers, chefs, cooks, sommeliers, managers, hosts, concierges, cleaning staff, and barbacks. For application click here
  • USBG National Charity Foundation – Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: bartenders, bar backs, bar servers, those otherwise engaged in the service or preparation of alcoholic beverages are eligible. Full eligibility requirements can be found here and application here
  • One Fair Wage - Emergency Coronavirus Affected Workers Support Fund: restaurant workers, delivery workers, app-based delivery drivers, and other tipped workers and service workers who have been impacted by coronavirus and the related economic crisis can apply for assistance. Currently, prioritizing tipped workers, gig workers, and service workers in California and other states. For application in Spanish, click here; for application in English, click here.
  • Children Of Restaurant Employees Support Grants: to provide support to food and beverage service employees with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19. Documentation is required. Please note, you are also eligible for support if you are a food and beverage employee with children, and a family member who resides in the same home is diagnosed with COVID-19 and a doctor requires you to quarantine. Medical documentation and proof of residence will be required. You can apply here.  
  • City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) - Arts Emergency Relief Fund: to provide emergency relief grants to City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theatre artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled. Solo artists are eligible for up to $400 and ensembles up to $1,200 to cover losses in time and/or materials that were committed toward events, which were to have taken place at a venue within the City of Los Angeles and were to be open to the general public.
  • Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). To apply, click here
  • NAKASEC's Emergency Mutual Aid Fund: for individuals who don't qualify for existing government aid due to immigration status. Requests are processed on a rolling basis. They will process requests as soon as possible and call during listed preferred time and day. To apply, click here
  • Artist Relief is an initiative that will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The fund will operate through September 2020. To apply, click here.
  • Foundation of Contemporary Arts - Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund: to disburse one-time $1,500 grants to experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. To apply, click here
  • Herman Legal Group - Essay Contest: $1,000 essay contest for undocumented and DACA essential workers. Essays are due by August 1. To apply, click here
  • Professional Beauty Association Covid-19 Relief Fund: to provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19; applications will be funded with a lottery system as donations are received; those submitting multiple applications will be disqualified. To apply, click here

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS 

  • Know Your Rights (KYR) Information 
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA):
    • Hotline: (888) 624-4752 (Providing referrals to immigrant communities to the appropriate resources).
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA): Clients can call their helplines to get questions answered about various topics: citizenship, other immigration remedies/petitions, DACA renewals, family law, health insurance access/public charge, workers rights issues etc.
    • English: (888) 349-9695
    • Chinese: (800) 520-2356
    • Korean: (800) 867-3640
    • Tagalog: (855) 300-2552
    • Thai: (800) 914-9583
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC-LA): 
    • Free Virtual ESL Conversational Classes (all programs are taught in English with language support in Spanish, Farsi, and Armenian). 
    • Citizenship Services
    • General Immigration Legal Services
      • English/Tagalog: (818)937-3450
      • Spanish: (213) 550-5321
      • Farsi/Armenian: (805) 625-3987
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN):
    • General Immigration Legal Services
      • (213) 385-7800 ext. 136
    • Citizenship & Family-Based Services
      • (213) 814-5248
    • DACA Renewal Services
      • Click here to book a virtual appointment. 
    • Youth Programming and Advisory: including virtual appointments to assist with financial aid questions and other support for youth and their families.
      • (213) 385-7800 x 137
  • Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
    • Free online citizenship classes for Lawful Permanent Residents taking the test in English from 6/1/2020-8/22/2020. Smartphone friendly, no computer needed. Weekday, weeknight, and Saturday classes available. Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Armenian.
  • African Communities Public Health Coalition 
    • Free 30 minute legal consultation with an attorney on the 3rd Saturday of each month:
      • To sign up, call (213) 909-0985 or email info@africancoalition.org
  • Los Angeles Public Library-New Americans Initiative: 
    • Free virtual immigration services including, assistance with N-400s, Green Card renewals, fee waiver completions, DACA renewals, questions about adjustment of status. To schedule a virtual appointment, click here.
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC): 

PUBLIC CHARGE INFORMATION