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August 15, 2020

California’s undocumented immigrant assistance program starts Monday

Additional help for Santa Cruz, Monterey County residents also available

CENTRAL COAST — The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County on Monday will begin accepting applications for Coronavirus (Covid-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants program.

Announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in mid-April, the program will provide roughly 150,000 undocumented adults a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

It serves as a safety net for the state’s estimated 2.8 million undocumented individuals, including the 92,000 living and working in the Monterey Bay, who did not qualify for help from the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

CAB was one of 12 community organizations selected to administer the program and distribute funds. It will be in charge of applications in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties.

To qualify, a person must provide information proving they are undocumented and that they did not qualify for CARES act funding.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, call 800-228-6820 or visit

For information about the program, visit

Undocumented Monterey Bay residents can also apply for monetary assistance through UndocuFund Monterey Bay. Created by Santa Cruz Community Ventures and supported by a half-dozen other nonprofits from the area, UndocuFund Monterey Bay distributes cash to undocumented people in both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.


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