The 805 UndocuFund first launched in January 2018 in response to the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides. These events impacted thousands of people who lost their homes, jobs, and experienced acute and chronic injuries. Disaster aid from the state and federal governments was a critical part of the recovery process, and yet undocumented residents — who are estimated at 10% of the population in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties — were ineligible for millions of dollars in support that were made available to everyone else.
This is how 805 UndocuFund began: as a massive joint effort among immigrant-serving Central Coast organizations Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coastal Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and Future Leaders of America. Together these organizations, alongside philanthropy partners like the McCune Foundation and the Ventura County Community Foundation, raised, case-managed, and distributed millions of dollars in direct aid to victims of the Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey wildfires; Montecito mudslides; numerous smaller wildfires that afflict the region each year; and now, the prolonged impact of COVID-19.
With the occurrence of disasters year after year, 805 Undocufund has successfully developed a proven, grassroots-led, culturally and linguistically competent disaster relief model serving undocumented communities, distributing more than $8 million to 6,000 households (more than 17,000 individuals) affected by disasters in the Central Coast region since it’s initial launch. The 805 UndocuFund is proud to be a model looked to by other startup UndocuFunds not only in California, but across the United States.
In December 2021, 805 UndocuFund became a community based 501(c)3 governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of leaders from MICOP, CAUSE and Future Leaders of America, who provide organizational and volunteer support. The McCune Foundation provides key leadership support, and the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) provides fundraising and fund administrative support. The organization is proud to mobilize resources, bring passionate community partners together, and advocate for the recovery of undocumented communities in disaster.