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032720OutbreakCoronavirusAs the coronavirus pandemic upends the nation’s economy and leaves many without work, undocumented immigrants are particularly vulnerable. On this page you’ll find resources to help undocumented community members and the uninsured.

UndocuFund for Disaster Relief in Sonoma County

The UndocuFund, founded in 2017 after the Tubbs fire to provide direct assistance to undocumented victims, was reactivated as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified.

However, due to “an overwhelming number of applicants,” the wait list to apply to receive assistance has been closed. “We continue to work on raising funds to provide aid to those that have requested it,” their website reads. “At this point we are not sure if we will be able to reopen the list. Check back soon.”

La Luz Center

During the COVID-19 crisis, La Luz Center has been designated an “essential business” by the County of Sonoma and will remain a vital resource for those in need. La Luz helps keep the local Latino community informed and connected, assists with applications for public benefits, and assists with emergency relief through their crisis fund.

California Resources

State grants
Beginning May 18, relief grants of $500 are available to undocumented adults in California who are ineligible for other forms of COVID-19 relief.
In Northern California, those who wish to apply should contact California Human Development at (707) 228-1338.

Eligible individuals must be able to provide information that they (1) are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); (2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, (3) have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19. Eligible individuals must provide information and documents to verify your identity, home or mailing address, and to show you have been impacted by COVID-19.

There is a $1,000 limit per household. Funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the program can be found on the state's website.

Health care: Regardless of your health insurance status, California is waiving all costs associated with the screening and testing of COVID-19. Find more information about access to health care here. California Immigrant Guide (COVID-19)

Medi-Cal for the Undocumented Community

Information on Medi-cal and the undocumented community

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

CIYJA compiled a list resources for undocumented people including: food, department of health information in multiple languages, eviction help, help with waiving gas payments, resource centers, mental health resources

Immigrants Rising: Tangible Support for Immigrant Communities During COVID-19

Immigrants Risings put together a list of resources for the undocumented community including health access, employee rights and ways to support small businesses and freelancers.

Bay Area COVID-19 Relief Application for Migrant Youth Community

Bay Area COVID-19 Relief Application for Migrant Youth Community: Qualifications

  • Migrant youth (15-30 years old) or Migrant guardian of youth (aged 0-20)
  • Affected by the shelter-in-place order in the following counties: Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin San Mateo

Apply:, to donate:

CHIRLA Coronavirus Hotline from CHIRLA

Hotline for undocumented immigrants that have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

Freedom Community Clinic: COVID-19 Bay Area Community Resources + Up-to-Date Health Information

This is a living document from the Freedom Community Clinic on mass resources in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are community members who hope to bring love and health during this time. 

Legal Aid at Work: Employment Rights for Undocumented Workers in CA

A guide detailing what employment rights undocumented workers have in CA. 

Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California

A list of relief funds for undocumented workers in California

CHIRLA Community Education Page: Coronavirus COVID-19

Information for immigrants in California during the Coronavirus outbreak

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR): COVID-19 RESOURCES

GCIR is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, with a focus on how it is impacting immigrants and how philanthropy is addressing that impact. We will be continually updating this page with relevant and useful resources, as well as webinars and other programs. We are currently working on funding recommendations and will post them shortly.

National Resources

IRS Tax Filing Extensions

Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? This page provides information on how to apply for an extension of time to file.

United We Dream Undocu Friendly Care Centers

United We Dream compiled a list of healthcare centers accessible to the undocumented community.

Betancourt Macias Family Emergency Fund

Fund for undocumented folks who have been impacted by COVID-19. People can donate or apply to receive the fund.

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Immigrants

List of resources for undocumented immigrants facing COVID-19

ImmSchools: Supporting Undocumented Students & Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resource guide for teachers, schools staff, principals and others serving the immigrant community in schools.

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Coronavirus Care Fund

The Coronavirus Care Fund was established by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners to support them in staying safe and staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and to care for themselves and their families. 

Qualifying applicants who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic can receive $400 in emergency assistance from the Fund.

At this time, the Coronavirus Care Fund application is open to domestic workers who have participated in activities of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), NDWA chapters, affiliate organizations, circles and current Alia users.

We will open the Fund for applications from other domestic workers as soon as funding allows. If you do not currently qualify to apply, please complete the form below. We will let you know as soon as the Fund is open to all domestic workers.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease

Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

NILC: Update on Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families

In this difficult time, we want to provide some reminders about access to health care for immigrants and their family members, including new funding that Congress recently made available for coronavirus testing.

One Fair Way Emergency Fund

Are you a service worker struggling amidst the coronavirus crisis? We’re here to help!

We are actively raising money for this emergency fund and will be making temporary cash gifts to workers as funding becomes available. This information collected will only be used for the purposes of communicating with you for follow-up steps. We are receiving a significant number of applications, so we appreciate your understanding.

Asylum Connect Verified LGBTQ+ Affirming and Immigrant Friendly Resources Providing Services During COVID-19

We have included a list highlighting the verified LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly resources continuing to offer help (either in-person or virtually) in the United States during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether you are seeking LGBTQ+ asylum or undocumented, a LGBTQ+ student impacted by early school and dorm closures, or simply in need of a free LGBTQ+ affirming service, AsylumConnect is here for you during this crisis.

*Check our free resource website and mobile app for more detailed information on each verified direct service provider listed below.

This list will be updated regularly by the AsylumConnect team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us here or leave a comment on this post if you know of a LGBTQ+ and immigrant friendly resource that should be added to this list.

Immigrant Connections: English Learner Family Engagement During Coronavirus

Resources for English Learner students.

NAKASEC Community Resources for COVID-19

A list of national and regional community resources.

My Undocumented Life: Resources for Undocumented Immigrants and their Families During COVID-19

At My Undocumented Life we have compiled a list of resources and news that can help undocumented and mixed-status families during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We update this page frequently so be sure to bookmark it and share it with your networks!

Mutual Fund for Latina/os/x Elders

Fill out this short form to make cash, groceries, or help requests. Application closes April 4th at 12 pm. During the first phase we will try to fund between $100-250.


In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program

Southern Smoke is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable foundation. Our Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. We stand with those in our community and are committed to “taking care of our own”.

Application Verification and Award process: Each application will be verified by the Executive Director or a committee of volunteers. Once applications are verified, the application will be distributed to a separate Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will be made up of trusted community members. The Awards Committee will select awardees by vote and will determine the awarded amount to be distributed. All funds granted are subject to taxation to the greatest extent of the law.

Please fill out the following application if you believe you meet the necessary criteria for Southern Smoke’s Emergency Relief Fund. Please only apply if insurance is not providing you with compensation for your emergency.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

We are a nationwide community dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone.

Contra COVID

Contra COVID is an organization dedicated to helping Latino and immigrant families during this pandemic

We are a group of students and professionals from Harvard Medical School and medical institutions around the country who are dedicated to ensuring that Latino and immigrant individuals have the information they need to protect themselves and their families

Our Mission:

We work hard to provide timely culturally relevant health and social information in an easily accessible format for communities across the nation

Our Vision:

To provide people of all backgrounds  the information, health, and social resources they need to thrive during times of hardship

Techqueria COVID-19 Fund Application for the Undocumented Community

Techqueria is launching a fund to support undocumented members of our community and beyond who are negatively impacted by COVID-19. Apply by clicking on the link.

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