COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

During these unprecedented times, our goal here at APHCV is to assist our patients and community. Here is some information and questions you may have about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)

Who is eligible for DRAI funds?
DRAI funds are available to undocumented adults (over 18) who are not eligible for Federal COVID-19 assistance, such as the Federal Stimulus checks or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and who have experienced hardship due to COVID-19. There is also a limit of $1,000 of DRAI funds per household (only two adults per household can receive the $500 disaster relief assistance).

How much money can I get?
The DRAI will give a $500 check to eligible undocumented immigrants, with a limit of $1,000 per household. The funds are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

When Can I apply for DRAI funds?
Individuals can apply for DRAI funds beginning May 18th.

How can I apply for DRAI funds?
In Los Angeles County undocumented adults may contact ONLY the following three organizations, please note language capacity to refer individuals to the right organization:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA (213) 241-8880   Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Farsi, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese
CARECEN (213) 315-2659 English/Spanish
CHIRLA (213) 201-8700 English/Spanish

*For other counties please refer to the CDSS website’s list of organizations:

What can I expect from the DRAI application process?
Each non-profit organization listed above will provide site-specific information on how an individual can apply for assistance. This contact information is also available on CDSS website.

How will I receive my check?
The nonprofit organization who helped you apply will specify whether the assistance will be delivered by person pick-up or via mail. If the assistance is picked up in person, the non-profit will comply with physical distancing and other public health guidelines set by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to maximize safety.

Is the personal information provided to apply for this disaster relief assistance protected?
-The information provided to the nonprofit organizations will only be used to confirm eligibility and provide the assistance. The nonprofit organizations will provide general demographic information (e.g. age, gender, preferred language, etc.) about applicants to the State of California, but none of the personal information (e.g. name, address, etc.) provided by applicants or recipients will be given to any government agency

Will receiving this assistance make an individual a public charge?
This funding does not meet the current criteria for public charge–however, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has not issued specific guidance related to this assistance.

How is funding allocated to specific Non-profits for distribution?
The Los Angeles area has been allocated 31% of the total $75Million ($20Million) which will be distributed to some 40,000 people.

What Other Resources are Available to Me?
-Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) launched the California Immigrant Resilience Fund which seeks to raise $50 million to provide cash assistance to undocumented Californians and their families, who are ineligible for COVID-19 federal relief and state safety-net programs. The Resilience Fund is a separate but complementary effort to the State-funded DRAI Project that disburses private contributions to help undocumented Californians weather economic hardship amidst this pandemic. To see a list of organizations distributing Resilience Fund disaster assistance visit

How to get Health Coverage in the Time of COVID-19


How to get Health Coverage in the Time of COVID-19

Los Angeles, CA – It’s important to sign up for ongoing, comprehensive health care coverage for care that you may need for COVID-19,  and all other health needs.  California has many options available for health coverage.  It’s more important than ever to get covered because of COVID-19.

Covered California has extended its enrollment period through June 30th, 2020.  Coverage may be more affordable than ever due to state subsidy enhancements enacted this year.  Coverage will start on the first day of the following month from the day that you apply.

If you have lost employment or had a decrease in your income, you may now qualify for Medi-Cal.   Medi-Cal enrollment is open year round and provides comprehensive coverage at no cost for those who qualify.  Coverage is retroactive to the first of the month in which you applied.

If you don’t have health coverage and need to seek medical care related to COVID-19, you may qualify for Medi-Cal Presumptive Eligibility (PE).  Presumptive Eligibility provides temporary coverage for people who seek diagnostic testing, testing-related services, and treatment for COVID-19.

At Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. (APHCV), Enrollment Workers are eager to help with your health insurance needs.  For more information,  call (323) 644-3888 for an enrollment appointment or consultation.  We offer bilingual assistance in Cantonese, Khmer, Mandarin, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

About Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc.

Asian Pacific Health Care Venture (APHCV)’s mission is to be the medical home for our patients by providing personalized, quality health care services in a culturally accessible manner.

Our Vision

APHCV is a medical home where our patients and their families from diverse backgrounds attain optimal health and wellness.

Dear APHCV Female Patients,

We sincerely hope that you and your family are well and safe during this COVID-19 time.

We are reaching out to you because you might have received services such as gynecological (GYN), family planning, prenatal care and obstetrical services, and well women’s health check-up at APHCV.

We want to make sure that you knew that many of the women’s health service can be done via telephone visits. Health issues such as:

  • Pregnancy test counseling and prenatal care.
  • Any period issues (ex: irregular bleeding, painful periods, PMS, heavy periods)
  • Any vaginal pain/abnormal discharge or issues with urination
  • Concerns about pregnancy, birth control or sexually transmitted infection testing.
  • Breast issues (ex: lumps, discharge, pain).


If you have any concern, please do call us to make an appointment or just call to ask questions at (323)644-3888.

Thank you and please do take care of you and your family.

COVID-19 Testing

Due to the shortage of test kits nationally, APHCV does not provide COVID-19 Testing at this time. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) advises that mild cases of COVID-19 will not be tested. Severe COVID-19 suspect cases are referred to the Emergency Department where COVID-19 testing is performed. Due to the high risk of spread, LAC DPH also advises that home care is provided for mild colds, flu, and COVID-19 disease like symptoms. APHCV is offering telephone visits with our providers for your convenience and access to care. Please make an appointment by calling (323)644-3888 if you need care.