COVID-19 presents tremendous challenges for already struggling refugee families.
The majority of San Diego’s refugee workers are in the restaurant, hotel, and transportation industries hardest hit by the pandemic. People already struggling to make ends meet are now managing reduced work hours or furloughs, school closures, childcare challenges, and food scarcity. Community members have lost their jobs and families have children that need to complete school assignments online, but don’t have internet connectivity at home.
The San Diego County Refugee Families Emergency Fund will provide small, one-time grants to cover rent, utilities, childcare, food, and other emergency needs. PANA has already dedicated one of its team members to triage COVID-19 emergency support.