Legal-name: Filipino Migrant Center
Address: PO Box 9086
City: Long Beach
Officer: Romeo Hebron, Jr. – Executive Director
ContactName: Romeo Hebron, Jr.
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: Our aim is to provide immediate financial and social assistance to Filipino families and undocumented non-Filipino families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Periodoftime: 3 months (April 2020-June 2020)
Audienceserved: Low-income, unemployed,
Demoofaudience: Ages range from 5 years old to 70 years & up. Our primary audience ethnicity is Filipino, but secondarily we will serve undocumented non-Filipinos. All those served through this grant will be from low-income, working class families.
Numberofserved: 375-525 people = 75 families (based on an average size of 5-7 people)
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : In the past two weeks, 15 families received food that was cooked & donated by Bebot, a local Filipino food restaurant that opened last fall. The food was delivered by staff and volunteers of the Filipino Migrant Center (FMC). In addition to participating in the Long Beach Mutual Aid efforts, FMC also initiated our own Bayanihan Response Network for Long Beach and Carson. In Tagalog, “Bayanihan” refers to a community-wide effort along the lines of “It takes a village…”
Through the Bayanihan response, we have already recruited 20 volunteers from grassroots organizations, churches, small businesses, and schools. 20% of volunteers recruited thus far were not familiar with FMC before but were inspired to get involved through social media and word of mouth.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? [Although our project spans across Long Beach and Carson, this particular grant will be used to serve Long Beach residents only]
A large part of our disaster recovery service includes food delivery. We have a continued relationship with Bebot restaurant who provides meals on a weekly basis. In partnership with Romeo Chocolates, we are also currently in talks with Island Pacific grocery store to secure 50 bags of groceries on a weekly basis for food insecure families.
In addition to food, we also look to provide direct aid/cash assistance to families. Although the exact amounts are dependent upon the funding we secure, our initial projections range from $200-$400 per family.
Additional services provided include holding Know Your Rights trainings for workers, assisting people with filing unemployment insurance claims, providing access/referrals to legal and social service providers, and disseminating information online about COVID-19 safety measures in both English and conversational Tagalog. Oftentimes, the Tagalog used in official government documents and materials is very formal and not always easy to understand (even for native Tagalog speakers), so it’s important that we use conversational Tagalog to reach the widest audience possible.
Our disaster recovery service is reliant upon continually assessing the needs of the community. In addition to the online promotion of our newly created hotline, volunteers and staff will be posting flyers in places where Filipinos visit such as grocery stores, restaurants, laundromats, etc.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : We are the only non-profit organization in Long Beach whose primary mission is to serve low-income Filipino families, a majority of whom live in West Long Beach. Residents in the 7th District often express that they feel like they’re in a forgotten part of Long Beach and don’t get as much attention and resources as other parts of Long Beach. Based on numbers reported by the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles, which is more than what was reported in the 2010 Census, there are approximately 30,000 Filipinos in Long Beach. Knowing that Filipinos are a hard-to-count population, we rely on Consulate data because Filipinos are more likely to report accurate numbers to the Consulate than in the Census.
As a member of the Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition, other organizations we’re partnering with include Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC), Housing Long Beach, and Democratic Socialists of America to support the Long Beach Undocumented Relief Fund. We see the need to provide for more than just the Filipino community, especially for undocumented families who cannot access the same types of public services, benefits, and emergency relief funds that others can.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: As a member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, we have confirmed (2) $400 Visa gift gift cards that will be issued directly to two separate caregivers. We currently have 15 other people whose applications are pending approval and are looking to secure these gift cards for 50 people total.
We have not confirmed any additional funds at the time of this application.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We have applied with Liberty Hill Foundation and The California Endowment. We will also be submitting applications with the California Community Foundation and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.