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 Navigate/UnidosMN, Black Immigrant Collective, ISAIAH, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), aims to raise financial resources to support individuals and families who would otherwise be left behind and out in our current crisis response.

Right now each person’s wellness depends on everyone else’s. Whether it’s people with chronic health conditions or our undocumented or mixed-status families who can’t forgo a paycheck to stay home, we must ensure all of us can access the care we need and have the support required to make the best choices for everyone’s health.


Times of crisis like this make very clear who our society considers worthy to receive safety, health care, and protection. As communities who are undocumented immigrants, systemically marginalized, and have had limited access, we know we are amongst the historically unprotected people and our people face systemic challenges to access institutional resources at the local, state and federal level. So, as our ancestors before us and as a living testament of peoples who have survived the unimaginable, we must fashion our own tools for our liberation and survival. 


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) 

Criteria 
This fund is for individuals, families, or households whose main sources of income come from immigrants not eligible for state or federal benefits AND meet one of the following: 

- Folks who don’t qualify for unemployment benefits 
- Folks who don’t have a social security number
- Folks in deportation proceedings or 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 coming and had their working hours decreased
- 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, are in deportation proceedings or other immigration status limbo.
- Folks will be prioritized based on the MN Income Poverty Guidelines, however, all requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


Process 
A fund application will be released on soon.  Applications will be reviewed by a committee which will approve requests and disburse funds within days. Money disbursement amount will depend on amount of money raised, requests received and need. 

The money you donate to the Immigrant Families Fund will provide immediate financial support for immigrant families who, due to immigration status, cannot access state or federal support and have a hard time accessing other resources and social blankets because of lack of documentation, status and/or fear of deportation. Protecting immigrant families, regardless of immigration status, is our priority. 

Our Immigrant Family 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.

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    • $40 
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Navigate MN 
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Raised $5,025 from 53 donations
Minneapolis, MN
Navigate 
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Emilia Gonzalez Avalos 
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Jose Alvillar 
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Jonathan Ramales 
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