Latino Community Association launches immigrant family relief fund

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The Central Oregon Latino Community Association has launched an immigrant family relief fund, hoping to help those suffering financially from the COVID-19 crisis and those being left out of

The group started accepting applications for the funds on Monday, with the plan to give $400/individual and $750 for a family.

“The stimulus payments in the CARES Act exclude anyone without a Social Security number,” said LCA Executive Director Brad Porterfield. “Yet millions of immigrant workers who have Individual Tax ID numbers (ITINs) pay taxes like everyone else and deserve financial assistance as jobs are lost and hours cut.”

To help immigrant families pay for rent or mortgage, food, and other essentials, LCA was invited by several Oregon and Washington-based private foundations to pursue mini-grants.

This generosity ignited LCA to launch a peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign to ask Central Oregon residents to help out.

The response has been incredible: a couple of foundations and many individuals reached out to LCA to offer no-strings-attached grants and donations. 

By mid-April, the funding total reached $103,500. Their campaign goal is $150,000.

“With support from generous donors we can deliver financial assistance that will help Latino families in Central Oregon survive this health crisis,” Porterfield said. “We are working with our partners to overcome this emergency and prepare for a brighter future ahead.”

In Bend, you can pick up applications anytime and deposit documents in the mailbox located outside the association’s door at 2445 NE Division St., Ste 200

For Redmond, Madras and Prineville, visit the offices to pick up an application near the front door and turn them in during office hours by calling the office number when you are at the door.

All offices will be open on Monday the 20th specifically for this purpose.

To fill out an application electronically, visit the LCA’s website.

ELIGIBILITY PRIORITIES

  1. If you are not eligible for federal COVID-19 benefits; this includes any parent or dependent household member.
  2. If you have lost your job or had your hours reduced significantly.

If you need help filling out the online application or have questions, call one of these numbers: 541.598.6778 –  541.728.4708 – 541.598.6316

By mid-April, these donors had contributed to LCA’s emergency response:

United Way of Deschutes County – $5,000

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation – $10,500

MRG Foundation – $10,000

The Ford Family Foundation – $10,000 (for Jefferson and Crook counties)

Central Oregon Health Council – $5,000

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust – $25,000

Tykeson Family Charitable Trust – $25,000

Individuals and businesses:

Peaces by Lauren – $1,000

Anonymous (single donation) – $10,000

Anonymous (several smaller donations) – $2,000


Latino Community Association (LCA) ha recibido fondos para ayudar aliviar gastos y cubrir necesidades básicas de familias inmigrantes debido a la crisis que ha provocado el COVID-19. Si usted ha perdido su empleo o le redujeron horas, o su familia no califica para otra asistencia de gobierno, fondos de estímulo,  o por alguna razón está en necesidad para cubrir los gastos de necesidades básicas, puede solicitar asistencia.

Se comenzará a aceptar solicitudes a partir del 20 de abril.

Estimamos distribuir los fondos de la siguiente manera: $400 para una persona sola y $750 para una familia.

Para obtener una solicitud puede acudir a las oficinas de LCA (Bend, Redmond, Madras o Prineville) y tomarla del buzón o estantes localizados a la entrada de las instalaciones. Para entregar su solicitud, venga a nuestra oficina más cercana durante las horas de oficina y marque el teléfono de esa oficina cuando esté allí. También se puede llenar la solicitud y enviar los documentos requeridos electrónicamente siguiendo por debajo en esta misma página y la recibiremos automáticamente por email.

ELEGIBILIDAD PRIORITARIA

  1. Sin ningún estatus migratorio (indocumentado); cualquier padre o hijo dependiente.
  2. Ha perdido su trabajo o sus horas han sido reducidos.
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