Coronavirus Relief Grant
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Legal-name: Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition a project of Community Partners
Previous-name: Community Partner fbo Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition
Address: 525 E. 7th St. Suite 210
City: Long Beach
Officer-title: Executive Director
Contacttitle: Associate Director
GrantPurpose: to provide emergency assistance to immigrant families whose breadwinners have lost income due to CoVid-19 related reduced hours or unemployment and who are not covered by federal assistance programs such as unemployment immigration status
Requestedamount: $20,000 ($10,000 to fund LBIRC staff time to oversee Undocufund applications and selection recipients, supervise fund cahs disbursements, and fundraise to increase contributions to Undocufund-LB; continue delivery of food to 50 families bi-weekly) . $10,000 direct donation to Undocufund-LBC
Periodoftime: 2 months
Audienceserved: Undoxumented immigrant families who have lost income because of unemployment of one or more of their principle wage earners as a result of CoVid-19 emergency and who do not have access to federal relief programs. This program is available to undocumented immigrants of any ethnicity/country of birth but the marjority of families served by LBIRC on a regular basis are Spanish speaking/Latinx
Demoofaudience: Latinx/Spanish speaking adults and their dependent family members
Numberofserved: Undocufund=120-1180 i residents; staff work to create additional funds for Undocfund=120-180; food delivery=250-350 residents residents;
District: 1,2,126.96.36.199 Central, West and North Long Beach
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, in partnership DAYS-Long Beach and other organizations is already in the process of distributing the first $40,000 it raised in the first three weeks of the existence of the LB Undocufund for Emergency Relief. This will benefit approximately 80 families.
Applications for the fund had to be closed within the first two hours of it going public because we had set the limit at 200 applications. As soon as we receive a promised grant of $150,000 we will be able to disburse additional grants to the first 200 applicants and open up applications again and serve 400-570 families or 2400-3420 individuals with existing funds.
The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition is also providing direct assistance to needy families in the form of fresh produce deliveries, in partnership with Food Forward and volunteer packers and drivers from the Democratic Socialists of America. Some 50 low income Long Beach immigrant families who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis are receiving this aid and we hope to expand the program with future funding. As far as we know, we are the only local organization that has a program that focuses on the needs of this particular group (undocumented families) who for various reasons may face obstacles in accessing other programs (language, status, fear of authorities, etc.)
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: 20-30 families will receive cash grants of $350-$500 depending on family size
LBIRC staff will make sure the Undocufund-LBC cash assistance program goes smoothly, is documented, and is made sustainable by: soliciting applications, assisting potential applicants in filling out the application, selecting recipients (with partners), supervising disbursements, and fundraising to increase contributions to Undocufund-LBC in order to assist additional families.
As a trusted community organization who immigrants regard as a “safe space”, LBIRC will 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.
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.
LBIRC will continue delivery of food to 50 undocumented immigrant families (250-350 individuals) bi-weekly, in partnership with Food Forward and the assistance of packers and delivery drivers from partners organizations.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) 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.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? The population we serve does not qualify for federal assistance. We have not received state or city assistance. The Undocufund-LBC will receive a $150,000 grant from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and has received small grants from The California Endowment. We have been promised a $5,000 donation from 4th district Supervisor Janice Hahn. LBIRC will be receiving a $23,000 grant from United Way for work in support of the Undocufund-LBC direct grants.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We are applying to other foundations who are reaching out to nonprofits seeking to deliver emergency assistance to the populations in the greatest need.
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