Legal-name: Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition a project of Community Partners
Address: 525 E. 7th St.
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: our fiscal sponsor Community partners is a 501(c)(3)
Officer: Norma Chinchilla, Executive Director
ContactName: Gaby Hernandez
Title: Associate Director
GrantPurpose: The purpose of this grant is to provide emergency assistance to immigrant families whose breadwinners have lost their jobs and who are not covered by federal assistance programs such as unemployment because of their lack of immigration status.
Periodoftime: 2 months
Audienceserved: Undocumented immigrant families who have lost income because of unemployment of one or more of their principal wage earners as a result of the COVID-19 emergency and who do not have access to most federal relief programs because of their immigration status .This program will be available to undocumented immigrants of any ethnicity/country of birth but the majority of the families LBIRC serves on a regular basis are Spanish speaking/Latinx .
Demoofaudience: 50 families (250-350 individuals, based on average family size of 5-7) 2 times per month ; Number of individuals to be served from cash grants from Long Beach COVID-19 Undocumented Community Relief Fund –the size and number of cash grants depend on the amount raised for the Emergency Fund . Because the need is so great, we estimate the initial grants will be modest, perhaps $200 per family. If our fund exceeds expectations, we will offer more. And if other resources become available over time, we will connect families in need to other resources.50 families (250-350 individuals, based on average family size of 5-7) 2 times per month ; Number of individuals to be served from cash grants from Long Beach COVID-19 Undocumented Community Relief Fund –the size and number of cash grants depend on the amount raised for the Emergency Fund . Because the need is so great, we estimate the initial grants will be modest, perhaps $200 per family. If our fund exceeds expectations, we will offer more. And if other resources become available over time, we will connect families in need to other resources.
Numberofserved: the size and number of cash grants depend on the amount raised for the Emergency Fund . Because the need is so great, we estimate the initial grants will be modest, perhaps $200 per family. If our fund exceeds expectations, we will offer more. And if other resources become available over time, we will connect families in need to other resources.
District: North Long Beach, West Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach; probably all but District 5
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided?: The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, in partnership with Food Forward and with help from volunteers affiliated with Democratic Socialists of America, has already begun a pilot project to distribute fresh produce to 15 local lowincome Long Beach area immigrant families who are LBIRCmembers and who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis . As far as we know, we are the only local organization that has a program that focuses on the needs of this particular group who for various reasons may face obstacles in accessing other programs (language, status, fear of authorities, etc.)
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : Food assistance to affected families will be provided through LBIRC’s partnership with Food Forward and the assistance of delivery drivers from partner organizations. The number of families who will receive fresh produce will be expanded from 15 to 50 (an estimated 250-350 individuals); the food we provide will be enough to last for at least a week.
As a trusted community organization who immigrants regard as a “safe space”, LBIRC will continue to answer phone calls from immigrant community family members who need assistance or information and tell them about the emergency fund (if they qualify) and refer them to resources we know about and for which they might qualify.
Currently, the number of phone calls for assistance LBIRC is receiving is 25-30 a week but this will probably increase over time. LBIRC’s relatively small full time staff of four is already finding it difficult to handle these calls so with the help of this grant, volunteers who are themselves affected by the crisis and are in the target group will be recruited and trained to answer phone calls and link callers to services and Long Beach COVID-19 Undocumented Community Relief Fund. They will receive a stipend (see project budget) to help with their costs. Volunteers will also help LBIRC maintain a database of information on callers and others who contact us through social media or by email and we will use this needs assessment to design future emergency programs or partner with other organizations.
LBIRC will also help meet the needs of immigrants during this crisis by creating infographics that will serve as resource guides to the undocumented community in Long Beach. This information will also be shared with the community via text messaging or when they call our offices. There are many community members who may not have access to the internet. LBIRC will also help to fill an unemployed immigrant worker “information gap” by developing a minimum of 4 Facebook Live videos with responses to Frequently Asked Questions (pulled from phone calls) that can be shared on social media and by sharing videos produced by other organizations.
Finally, LBIRC will work in collaboration with Sanctuary Long Beach organizations (Housing Long Beach, Democratic Socialists of America, Filipino Migrant Center) to: create the Long Beach COVID-19 Undocumented Community Relief Fund , raise money for the fund, do outreach to community members to raise awareness of fund, connect with other organizations to share information about this resource with their membership, help applicants fill out the form if need be, review requests, and distribute funds.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : We are the only group in Long Beach that has a specific focus on and expertise in serving immigrants, including those who are undocumented and members of mixed status families. An estimated 31,000 people or 34% of the immigrant population of Long Beach was undocumented as of 2016. Undocumented workers in Long Beach earned about $481.7 million that year and paid $61.7 million in federal taxes and $20.2 million in state and local taxes. (New Americans in Long Beach, Sept. 17, 2018). Undocumented workers are often categorized as temporary, on contract, or “self employed” and work in construction, transportation, small businesses, as gardeners, house cleaners and nannies, and in elder care, among many other categories. They frequently work without protections or insurance or the ability to work remotely. Because undocumented workers do not qualify for benefits subsidized by federal funds, including unemployment, medicare, and potential COVID-19 federally funded relief programs their need for emergency assistance during this crisis is particularly urgent.
And how does this meet an unmet need? We will work in collaboration with Sanctuary Long Beach organizations (Housing Long Beach, Democratic Socialists of America, Filipino Migrant Center).
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: none.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We have not received any other disaster recovery funds. We will be applying to other foundations who are reaching out to nonprofits seeking to deliver emergency assistance to populations in the greatest need.