Patient Materials: Community Resources
It is important that care providers help families continue to access public benefits and trusted legal services.
Much uncertainty lies ahead in U.S. federal policies on immigration. Uncertainty can feed into fear which makes families susceptible to misinformation and possibly fraudulent attorneys. By knowing (or better yet, developing partnerships with) the key resources in your area - legal, public assistance, other - you can help guide patients to a trusted resource for further assistance.
Public Benefits & Community Resources for Patients
FAQ for recipients of San Francisco Public Benefits
Online benefits finder. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for most federal benefits, but many states provide some benefits that do not require documentation status. This site can be searched by state, benefit type, or families can enter their information for a personalized list. It is ideal if families in need of assistance can beet with a social worker or other specialized provider to help them navigate the system. Since this is a government site, patients should be cautious about entering too much personal information.
See the Learning for Providers: Understanding the Facts section on Immigrants & Public Benefits for more information.
East Bay Local Resource Guide for Immigrant & Refugee Services
FAQ for recipient of San Francisco Public Benefits
Find An Attorney - National
National database of National Lawyers Guild immigration attorneys available to help with immigration issues.
San Francisco Based Organizations Providing Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance
Printable grid of free and low cost legal assistance in the Bay Area (mostly SF).
New York based immigrant rights organization. Offer legal assistance to NY residents and referrals for those who are out of state.
Immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included in this directory
SFILEN is a collection of 13 Bay Area based organizations that provide free immigrant legal assistance and community education to low-income immigrants in San Francisco. Collectively the Network provides services in over 20 languages and dialects.
BayLegal’s mission is to provide meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language or disability. For low income and very low income clients.