Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)

For more information on California's Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), please call.

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese) (213) 241-8872
Khmer (213) 241-8877
Korean (213) 241-8873
Tagalog (213) 241-8874
Thai (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English (CARECEN)** (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English (CHIRLA)** (213) 201-8700
(213) 395-9547

In-language assistance is available.
*This list will continue expand.
**Spanish assistance is avaiable through CARECEN and CHIRLA.

**We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Hours of Operation:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM* 
*or until hotline queues reach capacity

Monday - Friday (Closed Memorial Day, May 25)

Advancing Justice-LA will be assisting individuals residing in Los Angeles County and Orange County. If you are residing outside of these regions, please refer to this page for support: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai 

COMMUNITY ALERT

COMMUNITY ALERT: We are aware of scams that are targeting the immigrant community in response to the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI). Read our guidance.

Community Update - Application Status Inquiries

Click here for in-language translations of the above announcement.

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Factsheets:

Arabic / عربى
Chinese (Traditional) / 中文
Chinese (Simplified) / 汉语
English
Farsi / فارسی 
Hindi / हिंदी
Khmer / អក្សរខ្មែរ 
Korean / 한국어
Samoan
Tagalog
Thai / ไทย
Tongan
Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt

 

What is DRAI?

The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project is a one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.

How do I apply for the DRAI Program?

Starting May 18th, if you are eligible to apply for this assistance, you may seek assistance with the nonprofit organization(s) assigned to your county of residency. Individuals will only be allowed to receive DRAI application assistance from nonprofit organizations assigned to their county or region. The nonprofit organization will help you fill out an application and confirm your eligibility. Please contact the nonprofit organization directly via the indicated phone numbers or website to ask about assistance availability. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: Nonprofit organizations will not be assisting individuals prior to May 18. Individuals should not contact them ahead of time regarding disaster relief assistance. Additionally, funding is limited, and disaster relief application services and assistance are not guaranteed.

How do I know if I am eligible to receive DRAI?

To apply you must be able to provide information that you (1) are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); (2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, (3) have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19.

What documents do I need to apply for DRAI?

You must provide information and documents to verify your identity, home or mailing address, and to show they have been impacted by COVID-19. Contact the nonprofit organizations listed for your county or region for more information about the application process and the verification documents required.

Will receiving this assistance make me a public charge and affect my ability to apply for a green card (i.e. legal permanent resident status)?

This disaster relief assistance is not means-tested and is one-time assistance. The federal government does not list this assistance as a public benefit for a public charge consideration. However, USCIS has not issued specific guidance related to this assistance. If you have questions about your immigration status and this assistance project, please consult an immigration attorney.

More information, including a list of free and low-cost immigration services providers, is available in the new Guide for Immigrant Californians.

Is the personal information I give to the nonprofits to apply for this disaster relief assistance protected?

The information you provide to the nonprofit organization will only be used to confirm your eligibility and provide the assistance to you. The nonprofit organizations will provide general demographic information (e.g. age, gender, preferred language, etc.) to the State of California about applicants, but none of your personal information (e.g. name, address, etc.) will be given to any government agency.

How will I receive this disaster relief assistance?

The nonprofit organization who helps you apply for this assistance will deliver the payment card to you either by mail or arranged pick-up. The nonprofit organization will provide you with additional information after you have completed the application process and your application has been approved.

How long do I have to apply for this disaster relief assistance?

Direct assistance will be available starting May 18, 2020 and distributed until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020 at the latest. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Given the economic hardship undocumented adults are experiencing due to COVID-19, this disaster relief assistance may run out within a very short period, so we encourage you to apply early.

Please note: Disaster relief application services and assistance are not guaranteed. Applicants may only seek application assistance with the organization(s) assigned to their county of residency.

Community Partner Resources

UPDATE

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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