The California Endowment will commit $1 million to help immigrants affected by the Trump Administration’s recent decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by early 2018.
The money will also support a statewide media campaign to let DACA recipients know where to find legal and financial aid assistance as well as raise awareness about their eligibility for Medi-Cal benefits, the California Endowment announced Friday.
This announcement comes after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allocating $30 million in state dollars for financial aid and legal services to young immigrants brought into the country as children.
Meanwhile, the Mission Asset Fund on Sept. 13 pledged $500,000 to provide scholarships to Dreamers in California facing a $500 fee and an Oct. 5 deadline to renew their DACA permits. According to the California Endowment’s press release on Friday, the Weingart Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation are also contributing to the scholarship fund, bringing the current total to $2.5 million.
Those dollars will be used to support immigrants living in the Central Valley, Central Coast, Inland Empire and Orange County. The Mission Asset Fund has received more than 4,500 applications since Sept. 13, according to the California Endowment.
The California Endowment is also providing a $750,000 loan guarantee to Self-Help Federal Credit Union for interest-free bridge loans to community organizations approved by the California Department of Social Services that need upfront resources to pay for DACA application renewal fees.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects from deportation individuals who were brought into the U.S. when they were children. It also provides work permits. About 800,000 DACA recipients live in the U.S.
For more information about scholarships through the Mission Asset Fund, visit lc4daca.org.