Coachella passes a program that will give $400 a month to low-income immigrant families

The City of Coachella will implement a program that will provide $400 per month to approximately 140 low-income immigrant families for two years.

Coachella’s UBI recovery program is set to officially launch in October, city officials announced Thursday.

As we first reported in April, the Immigrant Family Resettlement Program will be managed by the Northern California-based Mission Asset Fund (MAF). The funding will be allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) state and local fiscal stimulus funds in the amount of $1,008,000.

Eligible families have been excluded from federal assistance stemming from COVID-19, including the expanded child tax credit.

“We want to help our families who were cut off from federal assistance when jobs and financial stability were compromised during the height of the pandemic,” said Mayor Steven Hernandez. “Our goal through this program is to give these families financial support and empowerment so that they too can begin to rebuild productive lives.”

The program will outline specific requirements for applicants and a measure of the Financial Equity Framework will be used to help identify families most in need and provide them with financial assistance.

City officials said the goal of the program is to help Coachella families rebuild their lives with dignity through financial coaching, group workshops and self-advocacy.

“Countless residents are still recovering from the loss of wages and the rising cost of living, and we are here to ensure that we lead and serve with fairness above all else,” said council member Neftali Galarza. . “Our families are the backbone of Coachella, and I’m proud to join Mayor Hernandez in making sure they receive economic relief as well.”

MAF will work with city staff to launch a website in October that will contain full program details, including an application portal that will be open to interested parties for 30 days.

Coachella will provide extensive community outreach in relation to this program through the city’s social media platforms, Coachella.org, and the community newsletter.

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