The Soft Landing Fund will expand its reach and directly support refugee families who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Northern California region.
Many IRC clients work in industries being hit hardest by Covid-19, including hospitality, food service, airlines, and others. Many IRC clients have already been laid off and refugees who have just arrived in the U.S. do not have access to much-needed jobs due to hiring freezes. Newcomers do not qualify for unemployment benefits or other Covid-19 employment-related benefits because they have not yet worked in the U.S. long enough. This means many families will need extra support with rent, utilities, and other basic needs until hiring freezes are lifted.
Your gift to the IRC in Northern California's Soft Landing Fund will help hard-to-reach, low-income, newcomer families and individuals including asylees, refugees, survivors of trafficking, and special immigrant visa holders (SIV) with basic necessities when they are needed most.
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