SLO COUNTY UNDOCU SUPPORT
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SLO COUNTY UNDOCUSUPPORT?
Immigrants, many of them undocumented, do essential work that sustains us all. In the state of Calif. the undocumented represent 10% of the workforce, and paid approximately $2.5 billion in state and local taxes in 2019.
Immigrants are among those who have been hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19. The national $2 trillion relief package for COVID 19 left out undocumented immigrants. It remains unclear whether future national relief plans will include immigrants. And although Governor Newsom announced in April that the state is providing some funds for relief, it will not be nearly enough.
It is estimated that 9,000 undocumented residents live and work in San Luis Obispo County. They are our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow students.
The purpose of SLO County UndocuSupport is to provide financial relief to meet immediate needs of San Luis Obispo County immigrants and their families that have been excluded from federal COVID-19 relief assistance.
WHO ORGANIZED THIS EFFORT?
A collective of nonprofit social services, humanitarian, faith-based, philanthropic, volunteer, local public sector leaders and advocacy organizations and individuals working with immigrant families came together in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency to build and lend support to immigrant families who have been severely impacted by the crisis, yet excluded from many of the relief programs.
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DISASTER RELIEF FUND?
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is a county-wide community resource for charitable giving since 1998. In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County has opened its Disaster Support Fund and has waived all administrative fees to maximize the impact of the donations. The Community Foundation Disaster Support Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations such as food banks, the ECHO Homeless Shelter, People’s Self Help Housing, and the Noor Foundation, to support their activities during the COVID-19 emergency.
WHY DONATE THROUGH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DISASTER SUPPORT FUND?
At this time, donating to the Community Disaster Support Fund is the most expeditious and least costly way to accept donations and get funds into the hands of immigrant families in need. By using existing structures and agencies, we are avoiding the time and money it would take to set up a dedicated separate funding mechanism.
The end goal of SLO UndocuSupport is the establishment of a permanent UndocuFund. With this first step, we will demonstrate both the need among undocumented residents and the community’s willingness to financially support our undocumented neighbors that will lead us to our goal of the creation of an independent fund.
HOW ARE THE FUNDS DISTRIBUTED?
Two established and trusted local nonprofit organizations, Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) and Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) have been designated to distribute the grant monies they receive from the Disaster Relief Fund directly to eligible immigrant families countywide. Only 8% of the funds will go toward agency administrative costs such as staffing, accounting and oversight.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT?
Undocumented immigrants, including mixed-status families, who are residents of San Luis Obispo County and who have experienced the loss of housing, job, or income are eligible for assistance.
HOW WILL FAMILIES BE HELPED?
CFS and CAPSLO will assist families who are referred by other organizations, as well as families with whom they already work. Families will receive $300 to $500 in support. They will be offered multiple options for forms of assistance, including directly paying the vendor, payment to the applicant, and gift cards, depending on the need.
WHAT IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT?
The Community Foundation, CAPSLO, and CFS have rigorous reporting and oversight systems in place including annual audits. In addition, CAPSLO and CFS will report directly to SLO County UndocuSupport regarding the details of how families are being assisted.
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, your donation is made to The Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and is tax deductible to the extent of the law. Donation acknowledgement letters will be provided by the Community Foundation.
HOW DO I DONATE?
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo has an easy online portal for the Disaster Support Fund.
IMPORTANT: Please!!! Write “SLO County UndocuSupport” on the donation form in answer to the question, “How did you hear about The Community Foundation?” This is how the Foundation will track the community support on this important issue.
You can also mail a check to:
The Community Foundation
550 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
“Attention: Disaster Support Fund”
IMPORTANT: Please write “SLO County Undocu Support” in the memo line!