As the world faces an unprecedented time with the rise of the Coronavirus pandemic, the message for all of us is clear—stay at home to avoid the spread of the virus. But for countless asylum seekers and immigrants in the US, social distancing is a luxury they simply cannot afford.
In the US workforce, immigrants and asylum seekers make up the largest group employed in low-income, unstable jobs—the segment of the working population that is becoming the first to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. Left to face increased financial burdens, they are becoming more fearful in not knowing where their next income will come from.
With the loss of their livelihoods, they are unable to pay for basic necessities including rent, utilities, and food. Also, schools were often providers of meals for immigrant and asylum seekers’ children, now leaving these children at risk of facing hunger with schools closed. With fears of hunger, homelessness, and certain hopelessness on the rise for this already vulnerable population, they need us now more than ever.
With this dire situation in mind, Embrace Relief is launching a campaign to provide asylum seekers and immigrants in the US with financial assistance for rent, food, and utilities during the Coronavirus pandemic. We simply cannot leave this vulnerable population to face this hardship on their own, and we know that especially in times of collective concern, we must come together to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.
You can help ease the burden of asylum seekers and immigrants in the US by donating to this campaign. Your contribution will make an immediate impact by providing urgently needed assistance for rent, utilities, and food for those facing increased hardship due to the pandemic.