Mutual Aid in the time of COVID-19

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Update July 1, 2020

As of May 1st, the application process for financial assistance from the Emergency Stabilization Fund is closed. To date, we have distributed $30,000 to 60 families. We have received over 4,500 applications and will prioritize the distribution of additional funds raised to existing applicants.

We are facing an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. Low-income immigrant communities and communities of color across the country are disproportionately impacted by mass loss of employment, food insecurity, and disparity in access to quality health care and services. CPA is organizing the COVID-19 Emergency Stabilization Fund as part of our mutual aid response efforts to ensure that those most impacted by the current pandemic have the resources they need to stabilize their financial livelihoods and to keep themselves and their families healthy. 

Among the immigrant Chinese community, many of whom are low-wage workers, seniors, tenants, and young people from low-income families have no safety nets to fall back on, leaving them exposed to the negative health and economic impact of COVID-19. Compounded by rising racial and xenophobic violence inflicting fear and trauma upon the Chinese community, with workers and seniors bearing the brunt of brutal attacks. Many working class and immigrant Chinese workers relied heavily on service jobs in restaurants, domestic care, and the gig economy have seen their jobs decimated or have had their labor rights severely violated, wages stolen, sick pay denied, and many can’t afford to take time off despite shelter-in-place. 

But from this moment of uncertainty, we can harness the power of community to change the trajectory of the pandemic by ensuring our most vulnerable community members have the resources and assistance to survive and thrive beyond this crisis.

Donate to CPA COVID-19 Emergency Stabilization Fund now so we can provide urgent and immediate financial assistance and supplies to individuals in need in our community (workers, elders, tenants, and young people) hurting most by the current pandemic.



Please refer to the FAQ for more information on the application process.

Who is eligible? The fund is organized to support the most vulnerable members of the community living and working in San Francisco or the greater Bay Area, including low-wage workers, SRO tenants, elders, and young people from low-income families.

Where can I find the application? APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. 

How does the fund work? We are raising funds to provide direct cash assistance to as many community members as possible. Individuals with immediate needs can apply through a streamlined application process. Funds will be distributed via checks mailed to applicants.

What percentage of my donation goes to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Our goal is to raise $50,000 to temporarily meet some of the significant needs in our community. The fundraising platforms we are using charges a standard 3% transaction fee, so the remainder of the donation will go directly to the fund.

Other COVID-19 Resources and Support:

Workers’ Rights

UndocuFundSF: Support for undocumented families in San Francisco

San Francisco COVID-19 Testing Sites 

Can’t pay your rent due to COVID-19? Watch this video.