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Undocumented Students: Information for faculty: DREAMers Taskforce

Information for faculty about undocumented students

DREAM Center-Cañada College: Resources and Updates; Supporting undocumented students and DREAMers during COVID-19

Below is information for free legal consultations, help with filling out DACA, DREAM Act and scholarship applications and more from the DREAM Center-Cañada College.

Please call the center at 650-306-3466 or email Saúl Miranda at with questions.

Programa de Comida, Redwood City


Free legal clinics held Wednesdays

Free legal help is available

For appointments or information, call 650-381-3550 or make an appointment on Appointments are available Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by phone or Zoom. 

Support and resources

Call 650-346-3466 or email Saul Miranda at Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Assistance with AB 540, DREAM Act, DACA and scholarship applications.
  • Community Resources List
  • Confidential conversations
  • Legal services referrals
  • Access to college and community resources

Gratis Consulta Legal

WHY: Whole Health for Youth initiative

Whole Health for Youth Initiative has compiled this guide to important resources for our youth, families, and neighbors to stay healthy and safe during COVID-19. For additional resources, call 211.

Community Resources List

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

For further information, please contact Saúl Miranda, Dream Center Program Services Coordinator, 650-306-3466 and

I. Food

o Cash and Food Assistance (Food Banks, CalWORKS, and CalFresh)

o Community

o Elderly

o Family & Children

II. Relief Fund for Workers

o Elderly

o Adults

III. Worker Rights and Benefits

o Sick Leave

o Reasonable Accommodations

o Leave for Childcare or Caring for a Family Member who is Sick

o Wage Replacement

o Safety & Health

o Other Resources

IV. Legal Services

o Legal Service

o Intimate Partner Abuse Survivors

o Emergency Shelter and Crisis Lines

o Transitional Housing

o Updates

V. Campus

VI. Free Services

VII. Health Access and Guidance

VIII. Internet

IX. Resource Lists


I. Food:

Cash and Food Assistance (Food Banks, CalWORKS, and CalFresh)

- Important: Even if you don't qualify due to your immigration status, your children may qualify if they are US citizens or have lawful status. These benefits could help your family during this time. - See if you or your children qualify for CalWORKS, a cash assistance program with other services, or CalFresh, food and nutrition services, so that you can get supplemental assistance during this time.

o Unfortunately, most undocumented immigrants, TPS recipients, and DACA recipients generally are not eligible for CalFresh or CalWORKS, but there are exceptions.

o Make an appointment with a SparkPoint Financial Coach to see if you or your family qualifies and to get help with applying. § For assistance contact:


- Free Drive-Thru Community Market at College of San Mateo

o Location: College of San Mateo, Beethoven Parking Lot #2; 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402

o From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Every Fridays - Ecumenical Hunger Program – Food Services

o They are located in East Palo Alto. Services are: Hot Meal Program, Pack the Bag Program, and Individual Food Bags.

- Free Dinner at the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula

o Location: 1109 Hilton St., Redwood City, CA

o From 6-7 p.m., Monday-Friday

- “Our Food Program” at the St. Francis Center - Siena Youth Center

o Location: (151 Buckingham Ave. Redwood City, CA)

o From 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Elderly: - San Mateo County’s Nutrition Programs for Older Adults provide nutritious meals through home delivery to people who are homebound. - Senior Nutrition Program – Pre-packaged meals are available for To Go/Take Out at many locations (County of Santa Clara).


Family & Children: - Free Meals During School Closure – San Francisco, CA Locations - School Closure Meal Sites 2020

o Despite closures, continue to receive a nutritious meal are your local school or community center.

o Child or family with children 18 and under may pick up meals for the children during Covid-19 school closures.

II. Relief Funds for Workers

Elderly - Latinx Elder Mutual Aid

o For Latinas/o/e/x people over 65 year of age who work non-wage jobs like street vending, can collectors, sales by catalog or swap meet, house cleaners, etc. $100-$250 per family depending on funds raised and people applying for funds. - National Day Laborer Organization Network – Immigrants Worker Safety Net Fund

o This fund will provide direct assistance to migrant workers who find themselves uniquely vulnerable in the face of the Coronavirus crisis. Qualifications:

§ Workers over 60 years old;

§ Workers with disabilities and medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus;

§ Workers who fall ill with Coronavirus; or

§ Worker leaders, organizers and volunteers who fall ill while educating and serving others.

Adults - One Fair Wage Emergency Fund – Formulario en Español

o Cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. - USBG National Charity

o Bartenders, or the spouse or child of a bartender who have experienced an emergency hardship. - National Day Laborer Organization Network – Immigrants Worker Safety Net Fund

o This fund will provide direct assistance to migrant workers who find themselves uniquely vulnerable in the face of the Coronavirus crisis. Workers over 60 years old; with disabilities and medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus; who fall ill with Coronavirus; or worker leaders, organizers and volunteers who fall ill while educating and serving others. - Another Round, Another Rally Emergency Assistance

o $500 relief grants. Workers in the hospitality industry, dishwasher, bartender, server, busser, chef, cook, sommelier, manager, host, concierge, cleaning staff, or barback may apply for funds. - National Domestic Workers Alliance: Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF)

o The Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF) provides $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. - Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation – Application Form

o Emergency assistance for those employed by restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier.

III. Worker Rights and Benefits

Resource Guide: “Resources for workers, tenants, domestic violence survivors, and immigrants affected by business closures and COVID-19”. Link:

Sick Leave

o Sick leave for undocumented workers. Undocumented workers generally have the same wage and hour rights as other workers, including paid sick leave under the labor code. ( ts/) o State and City Laws. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (Lab. Code §§ 245-249, 2810.5) requires all California employers to provide eligible employees at least three days of paid sick leave.

Reasonable Accommodations from Legal Aid at Work - “Undocumented Workers Employment Rights”

o Undocumented Workers. Under Federal and California anti-discrimination laws, employers cannot illegally discriminate against any worker, including undocumented workers

Leave for Childcare or Caring for a Family Member Who Is Sick

- Undocumented Workers. Paid Family Leave is available for undocumented workers - Paid Family Leave. The Employment Development Department also administers Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits (, allowing up to six weeks of PFL at the State Disability Insurance rate to Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, if certified by a medical professional.

o In addition to benefits available under FMLA/CFRA, the California Labor Code provision known as “Kin Care” requires an employer to allow an employee to use at least half the amount of sick leave that would accrue in six months at the employee’s current rate of accrual, to attend to the illness (even a non-serious medical condition) of a child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, grandparent,

grandchild or sibling. Note that Employers who provide uncapped compensated sick leave policies are exempted from the Kin Care requirements.

Wage Replacement

- State Disability Insurance

o Undocumented Workers. Employees, including undocumented employees, have the right to benefit from the money they have contributed. Undocumented workers who have a non-work related disability, and who have paid into the state disability system, may be entitled to receive at least as much as they put into the SDI system. To determine if you have paid into the system, you should look to see if SDI insurance was deducted from your pay stub. - Unemployment Insurance -

o Undocumented Workers. The Federal government decided that undocumented workers are not “available for work” because they are not legally eligible for work. Therefore, undocumented workers normally cannot collect unemployment insurance through EDD.

§ Important: To be eligible for UI, you must 1) have had work authorization during the time you earned the wages used to establish your claim and 2) still have work authorization each week in which you are claiming benefits. California allows DACA recipients with unexpired work permits to apply for UI benefits if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

o Legal Aid at Work’s Unemployment Insurance Powerpoint Presentation. Password: LAAW2020

Safety and Health

- Undocumented Workers. All workers who are injured on the job, including undocumented workers, are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in California to cover the cost of medical treatment and, in some cases, lost wages. However, undocumented employees may not be eligible for some job retraining benefits. In addition, if you have been fired because you have a workers’ compensation claim, it’s less clear whether you can recover the income you lost due to being fired.

Other sources

- OLSE Santa Clara County Hotline (Tagalog line available) The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) provides a free Advice Line for businesses and workers seeking information or assistance with labor standards compliance or workplace issues. spx/

- California Labor Development Workforce Agency. LDWA is the state agency that oversees many of the state benefits above. It has summarized its available benefits here: “Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers,”


IV. Legal Services

Legal Services - Canada College Legal Clinic

o The Legal Clinic is still in services. Please click on the link to see our availability.

- Jubilee Immigration Advocates

o a) Free phone consultation for low-income (250% FPL) residents of SF, Alameda, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties ONLY: 415-813-1958

o b) For urgent immigration matters: contact Maria Segarra directly at 415-322-3048 - Catholic Charities

o Make an appointment with Andrea Orea for DACA renewal and other services. o Contact:, (650)286-1321 - Bay Area Legal Aid - Calendar

o Legal Advice Line 1-800-551-5554

o San Mateo Office: Telephone: (650) 358-0745

§ Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1– 5 p.m.

- DACA Renewals Legal Services & Funding

o The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has received additional funding to continue to support individuals with their DACA renewal fees; covers the $495 DACA renewal application. List of eligible legal service providers.

Intimate Partner Abuse Survivors (Domestic Violence Survivors) - Bay Area Legal Aid

o They have a dedicated hotline for domestic violence survivors. Their website also details how each county court is handling emergency protective orders (issued by police after a phone call to a judge), temporary restraining orders and other family law court matters such as custody

o For survivors of domestic violence ONLY: (all Bay Area counties): 888-330-1940

§ They have language line for those who need assistance in another language - CORA

o They provide crisis intervention through a 24-hour support hotline, family support, and legal services for intimate partner abuse survivors.


Emergency Shelter and Crisis Lines - Rosalie House: 415-255-0165:

- Asian Women Shelters - La Casa De las Madres: 1-877-503-185 -

- Next Door Solutions: - WOMAN, Inc. (citywide 24/7 hotline): 1-877-384-3578;

Transitional Housing - Brennan House: 415-255-0165; - Gum Moon Women's Residence: 415-421-8827; - Clara House: 415-863-0681;


- COVID is public charge exempt. Undocumented families who plan to apply for documentation in the future should still seek testing/treatment for COVID . Read more here.

- On March 13, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services announced that testing, prevention, or treatment for COVID-19 will NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test. This means that immigrant families should seek the care they need during this difficult time. Below is some information about the rights of immigrants’ rights in health care settings:

o It is safe and smart to see the doctor if you need care. Your doctor is required to honor your right to privacy. You do not need to share any information about your immigration status unless you apply for Medicaid or other health coverage.

o You can still see a doctor without medical insurance. This includes care you receive in the emergency room, at community and migrant health centers, free clinics, and public hospitals. If you don’t have a doctor, call a local community health center for assistance. You can find a health center here:

o Hospitals and health care spaces are safe to visit. Federal guidelines prohibit immigration agents from conducting arrests or other enforcement actions at health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, health clinics, and urgent care facilities. o California residents can access Keep Your Benefits for more information about how their use of public benefits may affect their documentation status. Informed Immigrant also provides resources and accurate information for immigrant families with questions about their benefits. - CLICK HERE to learn more about your rights when accessing health services.

- If you feel your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated, you can file an immigration enforcement civil rights complaint. To learn more about filing a complaint, click here.

V. Campus

- Daily Learning Center Open Office Hours o Learning Center Zoom Chat Hours

o 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday to Friday

- Need Tutoring? o Online Drop-In tutoring is available. o STEM Center tutoring is available - Peer Mentors are here for you! BTO, STEM and ¡ESO! Adelante Mentees

VI. Free Services

- Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020

o Resources: The IRS provides information on how to file your taxes for FREE. - The San Mateo County Core Service Agencies provide free services to individuals and families with basic emergency and support services. These FREE services are provided to individuals regardless of their immigration status and are designed to stabilize their living situations. Services include food, emergency housing assistance, emergency utility assistance, shelter and other basic needs. - U-Haul is offering free storage units for 30 days to college students

- Several video conferencing software companies have opened up free access to their premium features including Cisco Webex, Google Hangouts (for schools and businesses), and Zoom (for K-12 schools) - California utilities suspend customer shut-offs due to non-payment.

VII. Health Access & Guidance

- USCIS has confirmed that the Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. USCIS Alert - One Degree provides connections to health resources throughout California - Undocumented people still qualify for Emergency Medi-Cal - Department of Public Health has FAQs in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Japanese: wash hands, social distancing, extra caution for elderly/pregnant/those with underlying conditions. (Other languages also available)

VIII. Internet - Free wi-fi and broadband internet is being offered by Charter to K-12 and college students - Spectrum – Only in San Francisco and San Jose

o They are providing free wifi hotspots. - Xfinity Wifi – Covers San Mateo County

o The company is opening their network for free along with the providing unlimited data.

IX. Resource List - Resources for Undocumented People

o California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance - EVG Basic Needs Resources

o Brenda Martinez, OASISS Coordinator, at Evergreen College. - COVID-19 Information and Resources

o Provided by Assembly member Marc Berman - COVID-19 Bay Area Community Resources + Up-to-Date Health Information - Tangible Support for Immigrant Communities D