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Forgotten During COVID: An Assessment of Immigrant Needs in the Pandemic
To respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, and to recognize the contributions of undocumented immigrants to its economy, the state of California, again leading the nation in social justice and equity for its people, in May launched an unprecedented assistance program for immigrants affected by the pandemic. With an allocation of $75 million, the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program served more than 150,000 undocumented people, disbursing an estimated $500 per household in direct aid.
The member organizations of the California Immigrant Relief Assistance Coalition, as trusted messengers, then administered the program. And we saw a unique opportunity to learn more about the fears and concerns in our community. The result is this report.