Baltimore Immigrant Community Fund: Emergency Relief for Immigrant Families

 

Immigrant families in Baltimore City have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. In addition, with the need for social distancing and related economic impacts, many of these families are out of work, without a source of income.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrant families were already experiencing economic insecurity, and now, these families have few resources to sustain themselves financially through the pandemic. Due to the lack of income sources, many of these families are at risk for experiencing homelessness and hunger.

Baltimore City has approximately 50,000 foreign born individuals, and many live below the poverty line. While Baltimore City has taken many important steps to support its residents who are at risk in this moment, many live in precarious and informal housing arrangements. They may be at risk for illegal eviction, even if they know of the current tenant protections.   

To meet the immediate needs of these families during the pandemic, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) established the Emergency Relief for Immigrant Families under the Baltimore Immigrant Community Fund (BICF). This initiative seeks to raise funds to help provide economic stability for Baltimore City immigrant families and individuals who cannot work and have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.

BICF is a funder collaborative committed to increasing Baltimore’s capacity to better serve New Americans in our City. BICF is part of Delivering on the Dream, a national networking of state and local funding collaboratives that engage in coordinated grant making.  BICF’s vision is to build cohesive, safe, and welcoming communities where immigrants and refugees feel valued and treated with dignity. In light of COVID-19, the collaborative will serve as a catalyst for funding support to respond to the urgent needs of immigrant families.

Funds raised through the collaborative will be used to provide direct assistance to immigrant families residing in the City of Baltimore. This direct assistance will help families achieve economic stability by using funds towards rent, utilities and/or other basic needs.

Baltimore Civic Fund is the fiscal sponsor of the Baltimore Immigrant Community Fund, and their participation allows individual donors to make tax-deductible contributions. This page will be updated as the priorities of the Baltimore Immigrant Community Fund shift. Thank you for your contribution to keeping vulnerable immigrant families safe!