UndocuFund is an emergency mutual aid program that serves people who are undocumented in Sonoma County by providing direct financial assistance. In 2017, the Graton Day Labor Center, North Bay Organizing Project, and North Bay Jobs with Justice founded UndocuFund in response to the Tubbs Wildfire. These organizations launched the fund to assist people who are undocumented in the aftermath of the fire. They’ve continued the fund to support undocumented people after the Kincade Wildfire and during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Impact on frontline communities
UndocuFund is a community response to an urgent need for disaster relief funding for undocumented individuals and families. People without legal status in the United States are not eligible for any assistance programs provided by FEMA after a disaster. Additionally, they may face barriers like language, stigma, and fear that prevent them from accessing other resources such as state programs and shelters. UndocuFund fills this gap and meets the critical needs of many Californians.
In three years, Undocufund has distributed over $10 million and aided over 6,000 families. UndocuFund inspired other similar funds across the country, serving similar needs in other places.