Legal-name: Edwin and Dorothy Baker Foundation
Previous-name: DAYS Long Beach
Address: 1230 East Wardlow Road
City: Long Beach
Officer: Robert Stapp Chair
ContactName: Nancy Ann Valencia
GrantPurpose: DAYS LB is submitting a request for funds to support families experiencing financial stress as a result of COVID-19
Periodoftime: 3 months
Audienceserved: Low income, children, youth, unemployed families
Demoofaudience: Mostly, though not all, Latinx heritage, birth thru school age years including college, low to extremely low-income families annually. Many families have at least one primary wage earner who is undocumented.
Numberofserved: DAYSLB serves between 250-300 children and their families
District: District 1,2,6,7,9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? We are in the final stages of assessing the current financial needs of our 50-60 families due to the Covid-19 crisis. As it stands to date, two-thirds of employed family members work in the food service or hospitality industries and already have been laid off without pay. Many of these older workers are undocumented so there is no chance for emergency unemployment benefits. Many of them are limited in the work they can do because of language or skill barriers. If there are children of employment age living at home the burden falls on them to find work, even if they are still in school, as is the case with most of our youth and young adults. This means they are trying to continue their studies remotely, like all students during this crisis, while carrying the responsibility of maintaining the family. If there are no family members eligible for public assistance or a skill set that could lead to a new job then there is no food on the table and bills for essentials such as electricity and phone go unpaid.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? The most immediate need is to address food uncertainties, sanitation necessities and money to pay essential bills such as electricity and phone in order to help the families shelter in place. This support will be essential for at least the next 8 weeks, though the timeline may be reassessed as the information about the spread of Covid-19 is updated.
Our goal it to be prepared with a substantial fund in order meet these needs as soon they arise. We are interviewing our families now to better determine what will work best for them. Some families are out of money for food right now, others may have some money but family members are concerned to go out in public for fear of exposure to the virus or being vulnerable to I.C.E actions. It is beyond our normal scope of support to offer financial help so we turned to Urban Community Outreach to develop a distribution plan for funds, services and food. UCO, which is accustomed to distributing support to the homeless, will help us develop an efficient system to meet both immediate needs and those that may develop as the crisis evolves. We are also consulting with the leadership of Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, as they have begun to deliver food to some of their most vulnerable constituents. We are still determining the best way to get money and/or food the DAYSLB families but we should have our systems in place by the end of this week.
The $20,000 we are requesting from the Community Foundation would be distributed immediately to the families we serve. At the same time, we will be reaching out to our past supporters for donations to build up the fund so we can offer on-going support.
As the specifics of our plan come together it is clear we require a designated administrator to oversee the entire program, at least one additional support staff person to maintain data base and track the funds as they are spent plus a number of people to deliver food or other necessities. Our Leaders Long Beach program has several recent college graduates qualified and available to fill those temporary positions as they are otherwise on hiatus from their regular jobs or are seeking paid employment.
Once the process is in place to meet the urgent issue of feeding our families, DAYSLB plans to move on to bill paying and rent assistance. Again, the specifics of this need are just now being understood. We are in the process of interviewing head-of-households and collecting data directly from the family members. Our goal is to help our families stay in their homes even after this crisis is over and everyone goes back to work. Unpaid past rent will eventually be collected and our goal is to have an emergency fund large enough to help with those expenses when they come due.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : DAYSLB serves between 250-300 children from low-income to extremely low-income families annually. Most, though not all, are of Latinx heritage and many families have at least one member who is undocumented. All of our undocumented youth and young adults are DACA recipients, several of our older students have graduated from college with younger family members ready to follow; these young people were not only the first in their families to graduate college but they were the first to graduate from high school. Their parents have worked in food service, janitors, gardeners, cleaning houses and hotel rooms. To most of the parents English is a second language.
The DAYSLB community often feels like an extended family, our Executive Director, Nancy Valencia knows each and every one of the 50-60 families we serve. The focus of this fund at this time is to support those families that are well-known to us.
We will also be working together with Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and helping to administer their emergency funds. Though our constituents are of a similar background there is no real crossover with our families.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: None
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: None. We are currently looking into further public and private grants that might be available. We anticipate the long term needs of our families to be greater than the funds we are requesting today. Our hope is to build on this grant by asking for matching donations from our long-time supporters who may be in a position to give. We are ready to send out this request immediately if we are awarded funds from the Community Foundation.