Current Investment in Programs to Address Community Needs and Enhance Immigrant Integration
- Programs for Immigrant Integration (PII): Citizenship Services, Immigration Legal Support and Community Education
OIR has worked with Social Services Agency and community based agencies that receive funding for citizenship, immigration legal services and community education since 1996. The Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative was formed in 1997 to provide services to low-income immigrants by offering information, referral, and direct citizenship application assistance. Community education aspect of this funding includes a trilingual hotline, community presentations in multiple languages and immigrantinfo.org website.
Four agencies are currently funded to provide above services: Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Asian Law Alliance, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Center for Employment Training.
- Unmet Civil Legal Needs
The County has invested in unmet civil legal needs since 2001. Unmet civil legal needs include: economic stability, navigation through safety net systems, assistance and protection from abuse & harassment, elderly & disable persons’ rights, housing, education, employment, consumer, family law, and immigration legal help.
Funded agencies: Bay Area Legal Aid, Catholic Charities of SCC, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Asian Law Alliance, and Senior Adults Legal Assistance.
- Services for Unaccompanied Minors
Staring in fiscal year 2015, the Board of Supervisors has allocated funds to provide legal services in immigration cases and proceedings involving unaccompanied minors and families with children.
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center at Santa Clara University, Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, the Step Forward Foundation, and the Bar Association of San Francisco are receiving funds to provide these legal services.
- Immigrant Family Referral Plan
This funding is administered by Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and managed by SVCF & OIR. Initially created for DACA/DAPA services, this funding has been transformed based on changed circumstances. SVCF grantee partners continue to provide accurate and ongoing outreach and education. This strategy ensures that immigrant communities remain informed about the ongoing DACA and other immigration relief programs, such as the T-visa and U-visa, fraudulent immigration services and notarios. Grantees include Apoyo Legal Migrante, Human Agenda, Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County, PACT, Sacred Heart Community Service, Self-Help Economic Development, SIREN, and (Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA).
- DACA Legal Services
The DACA Collaborative is funded to provide outreach and DACA application assistance while empowering immigrant youth in this process. Currently, SIREN, Asian Law Alliance, Catholic Charities, Center for Employment Training (CET) and Santa Clara University’s Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center receive this funding. Originally, the DACA Collaborative also included Sacred Heart Community Services and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
- Other Ways to Support Immigrant Population: The County of Santa Clara is creating policies, supporting legislation and providing resources. The complete list of policies and actions is available here: How is Santa Clara County Supporting its immigrant Population