URGENT NEED: Recent Storms Require Immediate Action!
Thousands of Monterey and Santa Cruz County families were forced to evacuate Sunday morning after the Pajaro and Soledad rivers flooded this rural agricultural area.
The storms arrived at the beginning of the growing season, just as farmworkers were going back to work and farmers had prepped the land to grow the fruits and vegetables we all enjoy.
“On Friday at 1am my [husband] was working opening the pumps to get the water out of the furrows and took turns all night with other workers to save our job but the next day the military took them out. This means a lot of losses for us since we can't go back to work and we can't apply for anything. We don't know what we're going to do."
As a trusted intermediary during times of crisis we provide relief to community members in need who are not comfortable working with institutions or who are left out of our safety net. We prioritize undocumented immigrant households with children.
UndocuFund Monterey Bay provides cash assistance to Monterey Bay area undocumented immigrant workers impacted by emergencies. We have helped close to 4,000 families and distributed almost $5 million in cash assistance.
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Why It Matters:
Undocumented workers are over-represented in the services, hospitality, and agriculture industries; industries severely impacted by the emergencies like storms, wildfires, and the pandemic. Emergencies lead to the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment. At the same time, undocumented workers have been excluded from federally and state funded safety net programs. This comes at a time when immigrant communities were already threated by anti-immigration policies like public charge.
Local data has shown that these families are more prone to living in overcrowded conditions, are at risk of eviction, have limited savings, and are more reliant on predatory financial services during times of hardship.