Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

PA Immigrant Relief Fund – Report

Oct 30 2020    PICC Blog

The PA Immigrant Relief Fund was a joint project of PA is Ready! and Philadelphia-Area Immigrant Collective Action to provide direct emergency assistance to people excluded from federal COVID-19 assistance programs due to their immigration status or the immigration status of a family member and were in need of immediate financial assistance.

Between April and October 2020, 33 organizations distributed $800 in cash assistance to 859 individuals across Pennsylvania. Distributing organizations screened recipients to ensure they were not eligible for federal COVID-19 assistance programs. Recipients came from diverse backgrounds, with approximately 62% Latinx, 7% Asian, and 9% Black.

The PA Immigrant Relief Fund raised $686,700. One hundred percent of all contributions were distributed directly to individuals in need.

  • $500,000 from The Albert and Mary Douty Foundation
  • $186,700 from individual donors

Distributing Organizations

ACLAMO Family Centers
African Family Health Organization (AFAHO)
Alianzas de Phoenixville
Aquinas Center
Asian Americans United
Casa de la Cultura
Casa San Jose
Catholic Social Services of Southeast PA
Centro de Apoyo Comunitario
Church World Service – Lancaster
Coalition for Restaurant Safety & Health
Coalition of African Communities (Africom)
Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA)
Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
Free Migration Project
Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano
HIAS Pennsylvania
Immigrant Rights Action
Jewish Family and Community Services
La Puerta Abierta
Make the Road PA
Mighty Writers
Movement of Immigrant Leaders in PA (MILPA)
Nationalities Services Center
New Sanctuary Movement
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)
Project Libertad
Put People First
Victim/Witness Services South Philadelphia
Welcoming the Stranger

We want to thank these organizations for quickly jumping in to action to provide needed financial support for immigrant families. We encourage you to support these organizations to ensure they are able to continue to provide year-round support to immigrant and refugee communities across Pennsylvania.