MN Immigrant Families COVID-19 Fund

The MN Immigrant Families Fund is a grassroots fundraising effort to support immigrant families who don’t qualify for local, state or federal support,  and for those who, because of COVID-19, may be pushed even deeper into the shadows with little or few resources available to meet their immediate needs. This moment reminds us that we must and are capable of showing up in radical solidarity with one another. So this partnership between Asamblea de Derechos Civiles- St Cloud Chapter, Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP), Awood Center, Black Immigrant Collective (BIC), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), ISAIAH, Navigate MN and Release MN8, aims to raise financial resources to support individuals and families who would otherwise be left behind and out in our current crisis response.

This mutual aid fund is fiscally housed at Navigate/UnidosMN.  It will provide financial support for immigrant families who have been impacted by the economic crisis arising out of this moment and for families who are front line workers, such as, janitors, service and food industry workers, meatpacking and dairy workers, paraprofessional educators. 

What this fund can be used for: 
-Short-term partial income replacement loss due to COVID-19 
-Immediate health expenses
- Groceries, utilities
-Tuition payment
- EAD renewals (DACA, DED, TPS) 

This fund is available for ALL undocumented* individuals/mixed-status families, or households whose main sources of income come from immigrants not eligible for state or federal benefits during the current health crisis of COVID-19 AND meet one of the other following criteria: 

- Individuals who don’t qualify for unemployment benefits 
- Individuals who don’t have a social security number
- Individuals with reduced work hours
- Folks in deportation proceedings or who have a family member in detention due to immigration challenges
-At-risk individuals or families with an at-risk member of contracting COVID-19: people over 60 years old and/or have a chronic immunocompromised system.  
- Students with pending tuition payments
- People who are un-housed or have been forced out of stable housing 
- Homes with children and youth who depend on adults that are undocumented, DACA, U-Visa, DED, TPS, or are in deportation proceedings or other immigration status limbo.
- Workers in the cash economy or misclassified as independent contractors with hurdles to documenting employment and accessing unemployment benefits
- Folks will be prioritized based on the MN Income Poverty Guidelines, however, all requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

By undocumented we refer to individuals without  U.S. citizenship or a SSN. This includes people from various experiences, identities, realities, and walks of life such as Undocumented LGBT+ folks, Undocumented Black and brown folks, Undocumented Asian folks, Undocumented Latinx folks, Undocumented youth, Undocumented adults, and others who fall under the classification of an undocumented status.

A fund application will be released on soon in English, Cambodian, Hmong, Spanish and Somali. Applications will be reviewed by a committee which will approve requests on a first come, first serve basis and disburse funds on weekly.  Money disbursement amount will depend on amount of money raised, requests received and need. 

The Immigrant Families Fund is rooted in the values of interdependence, mutual solidarity, shared purpose and collective action. When we are all in for all of us we can create the world each and every one of us needs to thrive not just in crisis, but every day.

                                                                                                    En español
El MN Immigrant Families Fund es un esfuerzo de recaudación de fondos de base para apoyar a las familias inmigrantes que no califican para el apoyo local, estatal o federal, y para aquellos que, debido a COVID-19, pueden ser empujados aún más profundamente en las sombras con pocos o pocos recursos disponibles para satisfacer sus necesidades. Este momento nos recuerda que debemos y somos capaces de mostrar una solidaridad radical entre nosotros. Este fondo es una colaboracion entre Asamblea de Derechos Civiles- St Cloud Chapter, Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP), Awood Center, Black Immigrant Collective (BIC), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), ISAIAH, Navigate MN y Release MN 8, tiene como objetivo recaudar recursos financieros para apoyar a las personas y familias que de lo contrario se quedarían atrás y fuera de la respuesta a la crisis.

Este fondo de ayuda mutua está alojado fiscalmente en Navigate / UnidosMN. Brindará apoyo financiero a las familias inmigrantes que se han visto afectadas por la crisis económica que surge de este momento y para las familias que son trabajadores de primera línea, como conserjes, trabajadores de la industria alimentaria y de servicios, trabajadores de empacadoras de carne y lácteos, educadores paraprofesionales.

Para qué se puede utilizar este fondo:
-Pérdida de reemplazo parcial de ingresos a corto plazo debido a COVID-19
-Gastos de salud inmediatos
- Comestibles, utilidades
-Pago de matrícula
- Renovaciones de EAD (DACA, DED, TPS)

Este fondo es para individuos, familias u hogares cuyas principales fuentes de ingresos provienen de inmigrantes que no son elegibles para beneficios estatales o federales Y cumplen con uno de los siguientes:
- Personas que no califican para beneficios de desempleo
- Gente que no tiene un número de seguro social
- Personas en proceso de deportación o tienen un familiar en detención debido a problemas de inmigración
- Individuos o familias en riesgo con un miembro en riesgo de contraer COVID-19: personas mayores de 60 años y / o que tienen un sistema inmunocomprometido crónico.
- Estudiantes con pagos de matrícula pendientes que venían y sus horas de trabajo disminuyeron
- Las personas que no están alojadas o que han sido expulsadas de una vivienda estable
- Los hogares con niños y jóvenes que dependen de adultos indocumentados, DACA, U-Visa, están en proceso de deportación u otro limbo de estatus migratorio.
- Se dará prioridad a las personas según las Pautas de pobreza de ingresos de MN, sin embargo, todas las solicitudes se evaluarán caso por caso.

Pronto se lanzará una solicitud de fondo. Las solicitudes serán revisadas por un comité que aprobará las solicitudes y desembolsará los fondos en unos días. El monto del desembolso de dinero dependerá de la cantidad de dinero recaudado, las solicitudes recibidas y la necesidad.

El Fondo de Familias de Inmigrantes tiene sus raíces en los valores de interdependencia, solidaridad mutua, propósito compartido y acción colectiva. Cuando estamos todos interesados ​​en todos nosotros, podemos crear el mundo que cada uno de nosotros necesita para prosperar no solo en crisis, sino todos los días.

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