SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The 805 UndocuFund has opened functions for a second time through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund sends monetary assist to struggling undocumented immigrant households in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Many have misplaced important work hours or their jobs altogether through the pandemic-driven financial disaster.
The fund helps pay for important prices like lease or meals. It first launched in 2018 through the financial toll of the Thomas Fireplace and Montecito Mudslides.
Future Leaders of America Govt Director Eder Gaona-Macedo estimates that roughly 120,000 undocumented immigrants dwell in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
“We are able to solely serve a fraction of these households,” Gaona-Macedo stated.
In keeping with Gaona-Macedo, the fund now has roughly $3 million able to share with struggling households. Demand is anticipated to be staggering as soon as once more. In simply the final week, Gaona-Macedo says, roughly 2,700 households have utilized for support.
“These households are struggling,” Gaona-Macedo stated. “Households don’t manage to pay for to pay their lease, pay their meals, even buy web for his or her youngsters to go to high school. We all know that there’s [Wi-Fi] hotspots on the market. However the primary requirements aren’t being met.”
Some are making use of once more after receiving assist final 12 months, nonetheless looking for financial stability.
You may study extra, donate or apply on the UndocuFund’s website.
Economic system / Cash and Enterprise / Santa Barbara – South County / Santa Maria – Lompoc – North County / Ventura County