The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund was set up to support immigrants. All of us are being impacted by COVID-19, but many people in Washington aren’t eligible for federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status. Now, they can apply for a one-time direct payment of $1,000, up to $3,000 per household.
In Washington State, immigrants have always been neighbors and essential workers. They help keep the economy strong, contribute to our communities, and care for our families.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrant families have been at the highest risk for getting the virus, losing work, or needing to support family members in new ways. The federal government intentionally left millions of people out of much-needed financial support, based on immigration status.
All of us who call Washington home deserve support to make it through this time. That’s why immigrant-led organizations partnered with the Governor’s office to establish the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. This year, they will distribute $40 million in CARES Act funds allocated to Washington to support immigrants in Washington who are ineligible for other federal funds or unemployment insurance due to their immigration status.
Who Can Apply, and How
People in need of this assistance can apply to receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household). Your information will never be voluntarily shared with the government or ICE, and the public charge rule should not apply for this fund. You can get help with your application in multiple languages.
To apply for the relief fund, you must:
- Be a Washington resident
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have been been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, being infected by the virus, or caring for a family member who was infected)
- Not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status
The last day to apply is December 6th.
Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. Applications will be prioritized by those in greatest need.
Please share this information broadly. Together, we can be neighbors taking care of neighbors.