Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program

A road to faster financial recovery for low-income immigrant families in the City of Coachella.

The City of Coachella, in partnership with Mission Asset Fund, launched a groundbreaking program to support 140 families in their financial recovery journey.

  • RECEIVE $400 IN MONTHLY CASH ASSISTANCE (AS A GIFT) FOR 12 OR 24 MONTHS

  • GET ONE-ON-ONE FINANCIAL COACHING TAILORED TO YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS

  • ACCESS EXCLUSIVE FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

  • CONNECT WITH OTHERS IN ENGAGING COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

How it works

The road to financial recovery has already started and we remain committed to working alongside you to rebuild a better future for all. Our program will support 140 low-income immigrant families with young children who remain excluded from federal support.

Program participants will receive $400 per month for up to 24 months via prepaid card or bank deposit.

Participate in online series of financial education classes, workshops, and community conversations.

Connect with a MAF financial coach to create a personalized action plan that helps you meet your financial goals.

“This program is a ray of hope. To know that others have not forgotten about our immigrant communities fills me with hope. I am happy to know that our communities can and will help each other through this very difficult time.”

Cuauhtemoc, MAF IFRP Participant

How to apply

STEP BY STEP

1. APPLICATION

  • Review all the requirements to make sure you are eligible for the program.

  • The application opens on October 12, 2022, at 2 PM Pacific Time. 

  • Submit your application by November 30, 2022, 5 PM Pacific Time.
       

2. REVIEW

  • We will review applications and prioritize families who can benefit the most.

  • Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it meets all eligibility criteria. 

  • During the review period, we may contact you to obtain additional eligibility documentation.  All documentation must be submitted by December 20, 2022.

3. APPROVAL

  • We will notify you via email if your application is approved or rejected. 

  • Notifications of approval will begin on December 27, 2022.

  • If your application is approved, you should expect to start receiving funds in January 2023.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program, you must meet ALL the eligibility criteria AND, provide documentation proving that you meet the following requirements.

To qualify, applicants MUST:

  1. Reside in the city of Coachella, CA
    Acceptable documentation: Proof of address, such as a utility bill

  2. Be 18 years of age or older
    Acceptable documentation: Government-issued ID (see examples below) showing your date of birth

  3. Have a current, non-expired, government-issued photo ID
    Acceptable documentation: Driver’s license, state ID, foreign passport, consular ID, or other government-issued photo ID

  4. Have at least one child age 17 and under who was living in your household in 2021
    Acceptable documentation: Tax returns, birth certificates, school IDs, or other official records for your child(ren)

  5. Earned less than $75,000 in 2021 or have a total household income below $150,000 in 2021
    Acceptable documentation: 2021 tax return, asset report provided via online banking credentials, bank statements, or pay stubs

  6. Have been excluded from receiving any federal COVID-19 relief in 2020 or 2021, including the expanded Child Tax Credit
    This doesn’t include having received one-time support from the California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project in 2020.

    Important Notes: MAF will only consider one application per household. Only one person per household should apply to the program.

    Additionally, MAF has the right to request supplemental documents to verify the information you provide in your Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question that isn’t answered below? We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have. Please contact MAF at (888) 274-4808 or programs@missionassetfund.org

How do I apply?

To apply to the Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program, click on the “Apply now” button at the top of this web page. Please note you will need to provide acceptable documentation, including a current government-issued ID, proof of address, proof of child(ren)’s age, proof of household income, and proof of 2019 or 2020 tax return (or proof of non-filer status).

Please note only one person per household should apply to the program. 

How likely am I to get approved?

This program includes funding for 140 families living in Coachella. While we cannot guarantee that you will be approved for the program, we encourage you to submit your application if you meet the eligibility criteria. MAF will review all applicants with careful intentionality and select families who stand to benefit the most from the program.

When will I know if I am approved?

The application period starts on October 12, 2022, and ends on November 30, 2022. Applications will not be reviewed until the application period closes. If additional documentation is requested during the review process, you have until December 20, 2022, to provide the information required to complete the application review. Notifications of approval will begin on December 27, 2022.

Here is an overview of the timeline:

Application opens: October 12, 2022
Deadline to submit application: November 30, 2022
Deadline to submit supplemental documentation: December 20, 2022
Approval Notifications – December 27, 2022, to December 31, 2022
Start of disbursements – January 2023

Am I eligible to participate in the Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program?

The eligibility requirements are listed above. If you are unsure if you are eligible for the program, we encourage you to apply and MAF’s review team will determine if you can be considered for the program.

How will I be able to use the money awarded?

This cash assistance program provides $400 a month as a gift. You will never be asked to repay the money awarded.  If accepted into the program, you can choose to have the funds deposited monthly into your checking account or loaded onto a prepaid card you would receive in the mail.

At MAF we believe families are the experts in their own lives – only you know what your needs are. If accepted, you will be able to use the money however you would like and your funded account will never be monitored. You may be asked to share your experience with the program, but you will never be obligated to share the details of your spending. 

Are the program funds considered taxable income?

MAF will not be providing guidance as part of the services of this program, but we can confirm that this cash assistance program should be considered a gift. We recommend you speak to a trusted tax professional or financial advisor for guidance on how this may impact your taxes. 

Will this affect my access to benefits?

If you currently receive any government benefits and are concerned your benefits will be affected, we recommend reaching out to the government agency that provides you with benefits to ask if participating in this program will affect your eligibility.

How is Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program different from other guaranteed income programs?

MAF, in partnership with the city of Coachella, is using an intentional selection process to enroll families who stand to benefit the most into the program (rather than enrolling families through a first-come/ first-served or lottery approach, which benefits those with access, information, and luck). This program also goes beyond a monthly guaranteed income; it pairs monthly cash assistance with relevant and timely financial services.

Are financial services and coaching required?

Financial services and coaching are not required but are highly encouraged.

How many people can apply per family?

Only one person per household should apply to the program. We want to ensure we can help as many families as possible and will accept only one person per household into the program.

Is it possible to receive local support?
Yes! For one-on-one, local technical support from the city of Coachella, please contact Celina Jimenez at (442)400-4780.



Are you ready to join?

Answer the following questions to see if you qualify for the program.

IFRP PreApp

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This program is only available for current residents of the city of Coachella, California. You will need to be able to prove your residence through proof of address documentation, such as a utility bill.

I currently live in the city of Coachella, California.

  • NO
  • YES

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This program is only available for people 18 or older. If you are under 18 and wish to benefit from this program, please advise a parent or guardian to apply.

I am 18 years of age or older.

  • NO
  • YES

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We need to verify your identity as part of the applcaction process. We accept federal, local and foreign-issued IDs as long as they are current – and not expired.

I have a current driver’s license, state ID, foreign passport, consular ID, or other government-issued photo ID.

  • NO
  • YES

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This program is designed for families with young children. We require that applicants be able to provide documentation, such as tax returns, birth certificates, or school IDs, showing they had at least one child age 17 and under living in their household in 2021.

In 2021, I had at least one child age 17 and under living in my household.

  • NO
  • YES

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This program is only available for people who earned less than $75,000 in 2021, or whose total household income was below $150,000 in 2021. We require that applicants be able to provide income documentation, such as a 2021 tax return, an asset report provided via online banking credentials, bank statements, or pay stubs.

I earned less than $75,000 or my total household income was below $150,000 in 2021.

  • NO
  • YES

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This program is only available for people who have been excluded from receiving any federal COVID-19 relief in 2020 or 2021, including the expanded Child Tax Credit. Note that this doesn’t include having received one-time support from the California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project in 2020.

I was excluded from receiving any federal COVID-19 relief in 2020 or 2021, including the expanded Child Tax Credit.

  • NO
  • YES

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Congratulations!

you qualify for this program

Unfortunately, it appears you do not qualify for the Coachella Immigrant Families Recovery Program.

We encourage you to explore other MAF programs.






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