What is UndocuFund San Francisco?
How does the Fund help undocumented immigrants?
The Fund assists individuals and families who have lost wages/employment with essential living expenses, including but not limited to: rent, groceries, essential household items, and medical expenses.
Who is involved?
The UndocuFund is a partnership among several San Francisco grassroots organizations that have a solid reputation, strong track record, and are known to and trusted by many undocumented residents: Mujeres Unidas y Activas, PODER, Jobs with Justice San Francisco and Trabajadores Unidos/Workers United (TUWU). These organizations have close ties to immigrant communities in San Francisco and will publicize the fund and identify eligible individuals and families.
How are the funds managed?
UndocuFund SF has a fiscal sponsor that is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.
Why does UndocuFund SF focus solely on San Francisco?
San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area counties were the first to issue a shelter-in-place ordinance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The founding organizations are rooted in San Francisco and are best able to disperse funds to communities we have strong relationships with in this geographic area. With the high cost of living in San Francisco and displacement of low wage workers, there is great need among undocumented people who live or have their work based in the City.
Why is a fund specifically for undocumented immigrants needed?
Unlike many other people who are losing work from COVID-19, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for unemployment insurance, federal stimulus checks or other governmnent relief. Even when they or their children are eligible for disaster relief services, their lack of immigration status, limited English proficiency, and fear of immigration enforcement prevent them from seeking assistance. Their discomfort or lack of familiarity with law enforcement, county government, and mainstream aid organizations present additional barriers.
How many undocumented immigrants have been affected?
An estimated 224,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in San Francisco. While precise numbers are unavailable, undocumented immigrants predominantly work in sectors that have been or will be hard hit, including service, hospitality, child and elder care, domestic work and construction.
Who is eligible for support from the UndocuFund?
Undocumented immigrants who live or work in San Francisco, or who lost their employment in San Francisco due to the pandemic are eligible.
What is the application process?
The streamlined application process utilizes a simple intake form, which is completed by community partner organizations and/or trained volunteers. The staff of these partner organizations have experience in case management and client services, and they have been specifically trained on the UndocuFund SF intake and referral process. Once an application has been submitted, it undergoes a review process that includes verification and other due diligence.
Who makes the decisions?
A steering committee with representatives from Mujeres Unidas y Activas, PODER, Jobs with Justice San Francisco and Trabajadores Unidos/Workers United (TUWU), in consultation with immigrant community leaders, has established the eligibility criteria, developed a streamlined application process, and put in place verification procedures, as well as guidelines for determining awards. Upon completion of a thorough review process and final review and approval by the steering committee, funds are disbursed to families and individuals in need according to established criteria and guidelines.
How does UndocuFund SF guard against fraud?
A set of verification procedures and internal controls are in place to ensure that funds go to families and individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. UndocuFund SF utilizes at least two reviewers per application, and due diligence involves checking more than one source to confirm applicants’ identities and how they have been impacted by the public health emergency. For example, if an applicant indicated that she lost wages due to the pandemic, UndocuFund SF will request pay stubs if available or other forms of verification. Applicants will be asked to attest to the accuracy of information provided to UndocuFund SF. Provision of false information will result in immediate disqualification for assistance.
What is the best way to make a large donation?
MAJOR DONOR GIFTS
To make a donation over $1,000 or other assets, please contact Tracey Brieger, UndocuFund SF Steering Committee member, via email at: tracey “at” undocufundsf.org.
Foundations, unions and/or other organizations that would like to make significant contributions may contact Tracey Brieger, UndocuFund SF Steering Committee member, via email at: tracey “at” undocufundsf.org.
What percentage of my donation goes to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
The aim is to get as much aid as possible to families. We strive to obtain grants to cover administrative costs; otherwise about 10% of contributions are spent on administrative costs, including administration and disbursement of the funds, as well as credit-card processing fees.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, your donation is made to a 501(c)(3) organization and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.