HSA Coronavirus Updates Benefits for Immigrants Due to COVID-19

Cash, food, and health care assistance are available for free to immigrants who don't qualify for other government disaster relief.

Immigrants play critical roles in the pandemic response as essential workers in food production, health care, product delivery, and other services we all depend on. Yet they have been mostly excluded from the federal relief packages passed by Congress.

If you are a member of this community, HSA urges you to use the medical care, food, and cash benefits listed below. They are free and NOT considered by the public charge test to obtain a green card or any other federal process to attain U.S. citizenship. 

Cash benefits

California’s Disaster Relief Assistance (DRAI): This one-time payment of $500 for individuals and $1,000 per household is available to undocumented immigrants who qualified before June 30, 2020. Note: The application process is now closed. If you applied and haven't heard back from Catholic Charities, your application may still be getting processed. For information call (415) 324-1011

Grocery gift cards: Chinese for Affirmative Action will distribute grocery gift cards to undocumented and low-income Chinese and Asian Pacific Islanders through peer to peer outreach and partnerships with citywide immigration collaboratives. 

Food for school kids

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): This one-time benefit gives families up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use for food and groceries, just like a debit card. If you did not receive an P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020, you can apply before July 15, 2020. 

  • Who is eligible: All immigrant families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals while their school was closed.
  • Public Charge impacts: None 
  • Learn more and apply before July 15, 2020:  English 中文 Español.

Health care

COVID-19 testing, treatment, and preventative care: Medi-Cal offers COVID-19 care free of charge for uninsured individuals, including immigrants. 

  • Who is eligible: Immigrants with no insurance or limited plans. 
  • Public Charge impacts: None
  • Get help: Call the Medi-Nurse-Line and learn more (English Español).

Legal assistance

More resources

Visit the City's webpage: Help for Immigrants During Coronavirus for more information on:

  • ICE enforcement
  • Immigration legal assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Free food or meals
  • Mental health
  • Health care