The ongoing pandemic has impacted people across the world. One of the most vulnerable populations has been immigrant communities in the U.S. Some financial relief is on the way for immigrant workers in New Orleans.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell recently announced the Immigrant Community Assistance Program. This program will dispense $750,000 in immediate financial relief to immigrant workers.
Providing direct financial assistance
The goal of the program is to help as many 500 immigrant families by providing them with direct financial assistance. The loss of jobs in New Orleans has hit immigrant communities particularly hard. Many families have fallen behind on payments since widespread shutdowns began in March. The problem is made worse because most of these families are not eligible for relief provided by the federal government.
The program will provide immigrants and their families with direct cash payments of up to $1,000. The program will also give small amounts to community-based organizations to help them ensure that families receive the aid they need.
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is mainly funding the program. The money is part of a $130 million global drive by the OSF to address the impact that the pandemic has had on vulnerable communities around the world.
New Orleans has long welcomed immigrants from Latin America and around the world, many of whom work in the construction, hospitality, and domestic labor professions. These jobs have experienced a significant impact as a result of the pandemic.
The contributions of immigrants should not be overlooked. Hopefully, the assistance program will provide some families with the help they need to get them through this difficult time.