Immigration group to provide monetary aid for Long Beach immigrants hard-hit by COVID-19

The Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition announced Wednesday that it will be giving away about $500 per family to help those who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The group will be taking applications for the aid through its Facebook page starting Thursday. Those who apply will be placed on a waiting list where they may be chosen to receive the aid. The process is expected to take about four weeks.

Gaby Hernandez, associate director of the immigrants rights group, said the program is designed for Long Beach residents who are undocumented and do not qualify for federal aid, such as unemployment checks.

Hernandez said they are expecting to help about 900 families in Long Beach in this third wave of applications. During the last two waves, the group gave out over $200,000 to families in June and July. She added that the program is not funded with any money from the city.

“We know that there’s a lot of families struggling,” Hernandez said, “But this is for immigrant families that do not qualify for state aid.”

Immigrant workers are often essential employees, Hernandez said, who were really impacted from this pandemic physically and monetarily.

Applicants will be asked to describe how the pandemic has affected them as part of the application process. Money collected for the aid program is collected via the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, a recent public-private partnership with the state that launched following the pandemic.

Given the limited amount of funds, the group is not allowing applicants who applied for the first two rounds of aid to apply again. They will verify addresses in the application to ensure that family has not received aid before, the group stated.

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