Over $90 Million Pledged to Help Aid Undocumented Residents in Long-Anticipated Relief Program

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Over $90 million has been pledged to provide aid to undocumented residents in California that would not qualify for federal emergency funding following the heavy winter storms that battered the state this past year.

Now, the state says that they have allocated tens of millions of dollars to help undocumented residents recover from the storms, fulfilling a promise made by Governor Gavin Newsom two months ago that funding would come from the state's Rapid Response Fund.

Undocumented Residents Get Long-Awaited Relief Package

The new relief package will reportedly send $95 million to those that did not qualify for federal emergency relief that was sent following the months-long series of storms this past winter. In promising the funds to undocumented residents, state officials say that they are trying to reach a group of people often forgotten when funding packages are approved in similar situations.

“This program is going to serve folks who might be reticent to take advantage of public benefits for fear of it affecting their immigration status, and this is a population that moves around a lot because of farm work or other issues,” said Alex Stack, a spokesperson for Governor Gavin Newsom. “We’re trying to make sure folks can access this program without hurdles, and do it the right way.”

The funds will be used to try and help those impacted by the rains to recover and rebuild after many of them suffered heavy property losses during the winter storms.

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