Dear CAUSE friends,
The Thomas Fire and mudslides have been one of the most horrific disasters ever to hit our community. The devastation is heartbreaking and we know our region will never be the same.
As we pick up the pieces from this disaster with the help of government assistance and homeowners insurance, we need to remember that thousands of impacted local immigrant families are struggling to make ends meet without any help.
Some lost their homes and essential belongings with the destruction of farmworker housing and apartments. Others lost their jobs as the houses where they cleaned, gardened, cooked, or cared for children were evacuated or destroyed. Others lost days or weeks of wages as the only freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara was severed by mudslides and outdoor air quality was hazardous for farmworkers, landscapers and day laborers.Undocumented members of our community are excluded from federal aid programs like FEMA and Disaster Unemployment Assistance. And immigrant families face other barriers to seeking assistance including lack of familiarity with official institutions, fear of government agencies, and limited English proficiency. With many low-wage and immigrant workers already living paycheck to paycheck, a major financial loss can seem impossible to recover from without any kind of assistance.
Following a successful Undocufund model after the Tubbs Fire in Northern California, local immigrant rights organizations started the 805 Undocufund. CAUSE, MICOP, FLA and other immigrant rights organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, with funds managed by the Ventura County Community Foundation, will be working to get disaster relief out to our community members who have been left behind by federal aid.
We’re so proud to be part of this collective effort and inspired by the outpouring of support we’ve already received from our community. Thank you so much for being there for our community in this time of need.
Indivisible Ventura’s main action page today – Click here.
Indivisible Ventura’s report on our local march – Click here.