An estimated 224,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in the San Francisco metro area. Unlike other victims, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for unemployment insurance, federal stimulus checks or other government relief. Even when they do qualify for services, many undocumented immigrants are unlikely to pursue those benefits due to fear of immigration enforcement, lack of familiarity with official institutions, and limited English proficiency. At every turn, our undocumented neighbors face barriers and challenges to recovering from emergencies and disasters.
UndocuFund San Francisco was founded in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was launched by a coalition of immigrant worker and community organizations to provide direct assistance to undocumented workers and families impacted by the public health emergency and the shelter-in-place order. The fund seeks to support undocumented children, families, and communities affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic who live, work or recently lost work in San Francisco City and County due to COVID-19.
Steering Committee Organizations
UndocuFund SF is modeled after the original UndocuFund for Disaster Relief in Sonoma County, established in 2017 in response to the need for relief for undocumented families after wildfires. We are very grateful to the founders of Sonoma’s UndocuFund for their advice and assistance in setting up UndocuFund SF.