"The California Immigrant Resilience Fund is a critical investment because so many immigrant families have been left out of other aid packages, yet these residents face consequences to their health and safety that will be compounded across future generations", stated Debbie I. Chang, president of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, according to the Washington Times.
The $125 million will be a mix of public and private funds, with $75 million coming from the state and another $50 million from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a network of foundations focused on immigration issues, which has promised to raise the funds through private means.
Newsom noted that undocumented workers make up 10% of the California workforce and that they are overrepresented in providing essential services such as healthcare, food and construction.
Since mid-March, 2.7 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits - more than all of the claims California processed in 2019 combined. Newsom also announced that the state will extend the hours of its call center from 8 a.m. PST to 8 p.m. PST, seven days per week.
Eight deaths at Suffolk care home linked to coronavirus
Adams added: "It is with great sadness that we have lost eight people supported at the home to suspected coronavirus ". The U.K. government has also set out plans to provide tests for residents and staff in care homes.
PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for those out of work or partially unemployed because of the coronavirus, including the self-employed.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press briefing on Wednesday that the state in partnership with philanthropic organizations will provide $125 million in assistance to undocumented immigrants to help them amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The state is now setting up the federal program for California, Newsom said, allowing the state to turn around checks in 24-48 hours. They paid more than $2.5 billion in state and local taxes past year and account for about 10% of the state's workforce, Newsom said. Those payments are retroactive up to the first week of February for those who can show their employment was affected by COVID-19. The Unemployment Insurance Branch will be upstaffed with 1,340 employees, including 740 EDD employees and 600 employees from across state government.
Newsom said that California has a modest "work-share" program, but that he'd signed an executive order as part of expanding that. Individuals can apply for support beginning next month.
Details on the state's plans for economic development to "jumpstart the economy" will be announced later this week, Newsom said.