Disaster Relief for Immigrant Communities
Immigrant communities are eligible to receive services and support regardles of their immigration status. Emergency disaster relief is exempted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from public charge consideration. Accepting disaster services from the government or from organizations does not make a person ineligible for lawful permanent residence (getting a “green card”) or citizenship. https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge
On Campus Support:
SJSU Cares: We encourage SJSU students and their families, regardless of their immigration status, to reach out to SJSU Cares for emergency assistance. Additional services include: Rapid Rehousing, Spartan Food Pantry.
Off Campus Support:
Guide: Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrants-“This guide provides detailed information about various types of local, state, and
federal, disaster assistance services available for immigrants. Although some of the
federal and state resources are restricted to individuals or households with lawful
immigration status, there are many services available to all. Local and community-based
resources are available to all county residents and we encourage everyone to seek
help. This guide is prepared based on documents published by the California Department
of Social Services, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Immigration Law Center,
and other collaborating agencies.” Office of Immigrant Relations of Santa Clara County
Topics covered in this guide:
• FAQ regarding resources before, during, and after disaster
• Immigration status and accessibility of services
• Shelters and housing assistance
• Food and other basics
• Health, public health, and counseling
• Replacing documents, rebuilding property and insurance
• Employment services
Informed Immigrant - Covid 19 Resource (search engine)- "InformedImmigrant.com is dedicated to increasing access to resources and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. We understand that these times are especially hard on immigrant communities dealing with the unique challenges of coronavirus and immigration status.It’s a rapidly changing situation, and we want you to quickly and easily be able to find up-to-date, local information for you and your family."
CIYJA: Covid-19 Resources For Undocumented Californians:"CIYJA is a statewide immigrant youth-led alliance that focuses on placing immigrant youth in advocacy and policy delegations in order to ensure pro-immigrant policies go beyond legalization, and shed light on how the criminalization of immigrants varies based on identity."
Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19 - "This table provides a general overview of some of the federal public programs available to support individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis under existing law, as well as the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act."
Tangible Resuorces for Undocumented Communities During Covid-19 (Immigrants Rising):"Immigrants Rising is committed to serving undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We put together this list of resources in March to help undocumented immigrants navigate the crisis."
Public Charge Resources
NOTE: The Public Charge rule DOES NOT restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. (Read more at USCIS)
“Public charge does not apply to all immigrants. Every family is different, and the programs that help your family might not be part of new changes to the policy. There are lots of people and organizations that can help you. An immigration attorney familiar with this issue can give you advice based on your specific situation. Local non-profits may also be able to provide help and legal advice (Does public charge apply to me?).”
To receive legal support for public charge, visit our Legal Services page for more information.