New Jersey’s $40 Million Fund for Undocumented Immigrants and Other Workers Excluded from Pandemic Relief Funds Is Now Accepting orders.
Residents who do not qualify for federal aid or unemployment benefits are eligible if they prove that they have been financially affected by the pandemic and earn no more than $55,000 annually.
Governor Phil Murphy earmarked the remnants of the federal stimulus money after more than a year of pressure and demonstrations from immigrant rights groups, including a 24-day hunger strike.
Amy Torres, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition for Immigrant Justice, said in a statement. She and other advocates said they would continue to pressure Murphy and lawmakers “for every last penny our excluded families deserve.”
Advocates for immigrants estimate that the money will only reach 10% of those who need it. Neighboring New York had set aside $2 billion for its undocumented workforce.
Individuals can receive a one-time payment of $1,000 and families can receive up to $2,000. Officials said applications will be considered in the order in which they are received and until funds run out.
“We urge individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for these benefits and who can submit the required documents to apply once the application is open,” said Joanna Cali, director of the Office of New Americans, which oversees the program.
The Make the Road New Jersey immigrant advocacy group will host an in-person briefing Thursday at 6 p.m. to help people apply. The meeting will be held at 42 Broad Street in Elizabeth. Eligibles can also text ALIVIO to 52886 for more information provided by advocacy groups. Make the New Jersey Road He will also be holding a Facebook Live on Friday at 7pm To provide more information.
To submit a visit request njfund.nj.gov . excluded.