The State of California's Department of Social Services has announced the Disaster Recovery Assistance to Immigrants Program (DRAI). The state has reached out to social service contractors serving immigrants and asked for these nonprofit partners to help distribute financial assistance to immigrants who are ineligible for any other federal or state aid due to their undocumented status. Catholic Charities of California has been asked to administer the DRAI program in the Bay Area through each of the local Catholic Charities agencies. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, along with Catholic Charities of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of the East Bay, will work together over the next seven weeks (May 18th to June 30th ) to distribute approximately $15 million in disaster relief to approximately 35,000 undocumented immigrants. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County's Economic Development Immigration Legal Services team is coordinating the immigration disaster assistance.
- Catholic Charities has established a toll free hotline (866)490-3899 for individuals to apply for the financial assistance.
- The DRAI Fact Sheet (English and Spanish versions) below provides a summary of the program that you can share with your clients and the greater community.
- Please check Catholic Charities website at https://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/drai for more information about the program and frequently asked questions.
This funding will provide much needed assistance to undocumented members of our community who are not eligible for other public relief.