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Illegals in New York will receive financial assistance in connection with the coronavirus

New York will allocate $ 20 million to support illegal immigrants during the coronavirus epidemic. This will reach 20 thousand people who lost their jobs during this epidemic, as well as their family members, reported on the website City Hall.

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About the program

New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief Program (NYC), the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, has announced the launch of the New York City Emergency Relief Program. This program is implemented by the city in conjunction with the Open Society Foundations Foundation.

$ 20 million will be allocated for the implementation of the program. It will cover 20 thousand unemployed immigrants and members of their families. Support will be available to New Yorkers - regardless of their immigration status.

“Immigrants are the heart of this city, they are our friends, neighbors and colleagues,” said the mayor. “This crisis has shown that now more than ever it is important for New Yorkers to take care of each other.”

How it will work

The New York City Hall Immigrant Office and the New York City Hall Promotion Fund will create a network of community-based organizations that will provide direct one-time payments to immigrant families.

Funding will cover up to 20 thousand illegal immigrants and their families who lost their jobs due to the epidemic and faced financial difficulties.

Payout amounts:

  • $ 400 - due to one person;
  • $ 800 - for a couple or a single parent with children;
  • $ 1000 - for a family with several adults and children.

Also, a network of organizations will inform immigrants about other forms of assistance and resources - food stamps (SNAP), emergency food delivery programs and others.

How many immigrants live in New York

3,1 million immigrants live in New York. They make up about 37% of the city’s population and 44% of its workforce, including approximately 360 thousand illegal workers and 48 thousand undocumented business owners.

Read more on Forum Daily New York.

Miscellaneous immigrants help New York

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