2022 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
For Black and Brown Caribbean LGBTQ Immigrants in NYC
HELP US TO CONTINUE PROVIDING
COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF TO BLACK & BROWN QUEER AND TRANS UNDOCUMENTED
IMMIGRANTS and families experiencing food insecurity in NYC.
Now, we are facing a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19. Every day, the United States breaks records for the number of reported cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. It is evident that the same dire circumstances that we saw plaguing our communities in 2020 will continue throughout 2022.
Because of the overwhelming need, we have decided to relaunch our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund fundraiser, with a goal of raising $30,000.
IT'S CRUCIAL THAT WE MEET THIS GOAL to expand our ability to help our community in crisis. Every dollar counts, so PLEASE, donate and share in your networks. We can do this together, we CAN care for each other and protect our most vulnerable folx.
The Caribbean Equality Project's (CEP) COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund For Black & Brown Queer and Trans People is a response to the devastating effects of both the outbreak COVID-19 in New York City and the self-quarantine orders imposed by state authorities. Undocumented workers and LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Many of our community members have lost their employment, but don’t qualify for unemployment based on their undocumented, refugee, and/or asylum status.
Our Black and brown, queer and trans low-income members have asked us for financial relief. Many have little to no family support and are living in the NYC shelter system, in single-room occupancies (SROs), or in rented studio apartments. Our community is resilient, but many members live in fear of eviction while experiencing landlord harassment, food insecurity, healthcare insecurity, and the overwhelming stress of living in the pandemic.
We are dedicated to providing resources, guidance, emotional support, and material aid throughout this period of uncertainty. But we cannot do that without the donations of people who can afford to contribute to this fund.
Our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund For Black & Brown Queer and Trans People will benefit:
- Caribbean LGBTQ undocumented people and asylum seekers
- Caribbean LGBTQ healthcare workers
- Caribbean LGBTQ HIV impacted community members
- Caribbean LGBTQ documented and undocumented families, youth, and vulnerable immigrants
- Displaced Caribbean LGBTQ hourly essential staff
What will we fund?
Hot Meals - Community members in immediate need of a hot meal can contact CEP to place a pick-up food order at a local establishment of their choice.
Healthcare Co-Pays - To support immunocompromised community members to fill prescriptions, including HIV impacted folks
Visa Debit Cards - CEP will issue prepaid Visa cards to help cover grocery, personal care needs, and toiletry costs
Direct Cash Transfers - Emergency cases that involve the threat of eviction or similar critical issues may be given cash directly. Cash transfers can help address quality of life issues that result from loss of income such as the payment of various essential utilities and bills (electric, heating, phone, etc).
Metrocards - Transit support for low-income LGBTQ+ immigrants working reduced hours
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Caribbean Equality Project has been responding (remotely and in-person) to and doing the following:
- Food and Housing Justice
- Financial relief to undocumented and asylum-seeking Caribbean LGBTQ+ people due to loss of income (e.g. rent, utilities, & mobile bill)
- Providing MetroCards support to low-income LGBTQ+ immigrants working reduced hours
- Mental health outreach and digital support
- Daily mental health check-ins by phone and on a digital platform starting the third week of March
- Community education & healthcare, including sharing health insurance resources to get uninsured community members covered
- Responding to several incidents of housing discrimination and harassment, and connecting community members to legal representation
The Caribbean Equality Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, registered non-profit organization. All contributions and donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Help us to maximize our relief efforts by sharing our COVID-19 e-fundraiser with your networks! Tag us on Twitter @caribequality and Instagram and Facebook @caribbeanequalityproject.