The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County on Monday will begin accepting applications for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants program.

Announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in mid-April, the program will provide roughly 150,000 undocumented adults a one-time payment of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

It serves as a safety net for the state’s estimated 2.8 million undocumented individuals, including the 92,000 living and working in the Monterey Bay, that did not qualify for help from the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

CAB was one of 12 community organizations selected to administer the program and distribute funds. It will be in charge of applications in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties.

To qualify, a person must provide information proving they are undocumented and that they did not qualify for CARES act funding.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, call (800) 228-6820 or visit

For information about the program visit

Undocumented Monterey Bay residents can also apply for monetary assistance through UndocuFund Monterey Bay. Created by Santa Cruz Community Ventures and supported by a half-dozen other nonprofits from the area, that program distributes cash to undocumented people in both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

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Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.