The UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County, is currently raising funds to assist the victims of the Kincade fire in Northern California, which has grown to over 77,000 acres and caused nearly 200,000 residents to be evacuated!
Nearly 200,000 people were mandatorily evacuated, the number of families impacted is still unknown as the fires remain active. However, the impact is real and for undocumented families, federal help is not available. An estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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 the fires.
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