LATINX COVID-19 RELIEF IN GEORGIA


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Our Relief Work

The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund on March 17, 2020 to provide direct assistance to the most vulnerable communities in Georgia (the undocumented, poor and Limited English Proficient) funding free food distribution, and partial rental assistance through member organizations, all Latinx-led that committed to remain open and operate as first responders to support families in crisis.

Inspite of significant philantropic investments across the state, the undocumented community and the Limited English proficient community has been vastly underserved by traditional and larger nonprofit organizations simply because they lack the immigrant capabilities and the language access.

The convolution of legal status, language barriers and cultural drivers has created an emergency in a large number of pockets across the state. This humanitarian crisis is defined by widespread unemployment, increasing eviction rates and hunger.  

Priorities & Impact

FOOD DISTRIBUTION. Using a framework that uplifts the dignity of all individuals, we have funded and helped coordinate food distribution of culturally appropriate groceries for thousands of individuals. We and our partner and member organizations do not require a SSN, photos, children to be present or restrict access to those too poor to afford a car or those who lack a drivers’ license.

Additionally, our partner and member organizations have secured INCREDIBLE partnerships through local commercial kitchens, restaurants and private donors to provide over 8,000 prepared food per week in the counties of Dekalb and Clarke.

On May 23, we organized a DAY OF ACTION with 11 locations across the state distributing over 120,000 pounds of food for 2,975 families. VISIT OUR PHOTO ALBUM HERE.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE. We have supported hundreds of families in the counties of Whitfield, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Clarke, Rockdale, Newton, Fulton, Hall and Chatham receive partial rental assitance through member organizations screening directly community members and prioritizing undocumented families and individuals.

COVID-19 FREE and ACCESSIBLE TESTING. In collaboration with CORE Response and several immigrant-led and POC-led organizations providing access to space and translations; we have organized testing in Buford Highway and Hall County, designed to be friendly to immigrant communities.

Key differences: FREE, no ID required, no complex registration system, walk-in and drive-thru, kid-friendly process, in immigrant communities, with local volunteers, in-language outreach and support

We have already facilitated testing to over 1,400 individuals.

UNDOCUMENTED BUSINESS OWNERS. We believe in an inclusive and equitable recovery strategy that considers investments in undocumented families engaging in commercial activity as part of their self-sufficiency. We are building a fund to support these valuable entrepreneurs with a small grant so they can go back to business as soon as possible and support their children and loved ones.

CONVENING & RESOURCE AGGREGATION. As a membership organization, we sprung into to action to collect data on key priorities for members as well as created safe and brave spaces for community leaders and groups to come together.

  • We opened a line for nonprofit professionals, DOTD-GA grantees and first responders to call every week for emotional and peer support.
  • We have organized bi-weekly calls for coordination, provide technical assistance to the majority of the organizations doing direct relief for the first time 
  • Created a website documenting all efforts directed and friendly to undocumented communities so funders and families can learn who is providing help: UnidosGeorgia.com

Grant Making to Latinx-led Grassroots Organizations

We have already re-granted $178,000 and we anticipate two more round of grants to Latinx-led, Latinx-serving organizations willing to uphold the principles of equity and prioritize undocumented and Limited English Proficient communities. Additionally, a recovery strategy is being developed with additional re-granting funds.

Funding Principles (please join us!)

We believe all grantmaking should be inclusive to ALL communities and center around the most vulnerable.

An equity lens MUST include diversity in documentation status and language.

Our initial cohort of member organizations co-created a 5 point criteria to prioritize the most vulnerable. We encourage you to join funders like us and the Seattle Community Foundation to focus on:

  1. Approach: Emergency relief AND recovery are not mutually exclusive. There are long-lasting urgent needs disproportionately affecting communities of color and immigrants with limited resources, networks, language and transportation barriers. Aproaches tailored to specific cultural, historic, and language needs of communities are critical to address the discrimination and racism against those communities.
  1. Target Population: Focus on communities already facing health and economic disparities, if we don’t, we will help perpetuate the inequities that persist in our community, such as:
    • Undocumented workers and mixed status families unable to receive other types of relief
    • Low-income residents and workers, including those without health insurance and/or access to sick days or from disproportional impacted industries
    • Residents at higher risk health risk from the COVID-19 outbreak, including people over 60 years old, people with compromised immune systems, and pregnant individuals
    • Residents with limited English language proficiency
    • Communities of color
    • People with disabilities
  1. Community Trust: Fund organizations led by the people they serve. They have deep relationships and experience because they are the community.
  1. Readiness: Some groups may be volunteer-led or maybe small, but they are willing and ready to be on the front-lines. Larger organizations often times are more difficult to move and pivot. Nobody has experience dealing with a pandemic. Focus on organizations willing and able to deploy resources quickly to meet community need. 

Support our COVID-19 Relief Fund HERE. Questions? Info@LCFGeorgia.org