Scholarships to Eligible Individuals for DACA Renewal Fees


El Centro de la Raza will administer DACA scholarship funds starting August 13, 2020. As funds are limited, this service is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarship funds are available to individuals who have or previously had DACA status, have completed a DACA renewal application, and who reside in Seattle or work in Seattle or go to school in Seattle. Scholarship applicants must come to El Centro de la Raza with a completed scholarship application form and a completed DACA renewal application.


Applicant Requirements:

– Must reside, study, or work in Seattle.
– Must bring the DACA renewal application completed.
– No minimum or maximum level of income is required.
– Must be renewing DACA status.

We encourage you to renew even if you are outside of the 180-day window.

DACA Scholarship Application Process:

All scholarship application materials are the property of El Centro de la Raza. Below we outline the steps for the scholarship application process:

1. Scholarship applicants can schedule appointments either online or by phone at (206) 957-4605. These virtual or phone appointments are 30-minutes only.
2. Scholarship applicants must share with El Centro de la Raza their scholarship application form (PDF or Word) and completed renewal form in advance of their virtual or phone appointment.
3. Staff will review the applicant’s scholarship form and ensure the eligibility criteria are met.
4. If the applicant’s scholarship form meets the criteria, then El Centro de la Raza staff will proceed to review the DACA form.
5. Staff will approve applicants’ scholarship forms and verify how the check will be received whether by mail or in-person pick-up at our office.

Resources:

Click for the scholarship application here (PDF or Word), DACA forms, and a list of other free DACA renewal clinics. To speak with an El Centro de la Raza staff person, contact Dulce via email at dgvasquez@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4605. Our operating hours at the Beacon Hill location are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The location address is 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144.

King County Bar Association’s free Legal Consultations offers a clinic on August 31st where you can get your completed DACA renewal application and have it reviewed by an attorney before you submit. Sign up here.

This scholarship fund to cover DACA renewal fees is made possible by the City of Seattle.

“The Seattle community has long led the way on supporting immigrants and immigrant communities,” says El Centro executive director Estela Ortega. “From the 1970s when my late husband and Seattle ‘Amigo’ Roberto Maestas led the occupation of the old Beacon Hill School to today with El Centro now providing affordable housing and community services, immigrants have always been what makes America great.”

To learn more, applicants can contact Dulce Gutierrez Vasquez at dgvasquez@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 957-4605.

Human & Emergency Services


Delivering services to meet immediate needs of hunger, homelessness and healthcare coverage. The Frances Martinez Community Service Center provides basic and emergency services to families.

Education & Asset-Building Programs


Bilingual programs on topics such as credit, starting a business, ESL, and homeownership. El Centro de la Raza seeks to promote self-sufficiency and empowerment through bilingual education and skill building programs.

Emergency Resources


General:
-King County Emergency Food Access Resources https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/emergency-food.aspx or https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/protection/spanish.aspx
-Office of the Mayor Information & Resources http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19
-Seattle City Council Information & Resources http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/coronavirus-/-covid-19-information-and-resources
-Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19 https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus/financial-resources
-Pacific Northwest Covid-19 Resource List https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/blog/pacific-northwest-covid-19-resource-list

DACA:
-The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding the future of DACA soon. If you need immediate, free, help completing your DACA Renewal Forms Click here. https://www.immigrantslikeus.org/
-Northwest Immigrant Rights Projects https://www.nwirp.org/resources/daca/

Unemployment:
-Employment Security Department https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

Relief Funds:
-DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/emergency-assistance-programs/disaster-cash-assistance-program
-Relief fund for undocumented communities and rent assistance https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIwahDKWA76bzM2uhOP4BsNO41CvWKq2sdUBy0C5AK1Qjc4g/viewform
-Relief fund for undocumented families in WA https://www.scholarshipjunkies.org/relief#aid
-Emergency Funds from Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs3vK0E-xPqYUG3P_vRtZbCfzE8-J9GmEfunanb0bX76uSmg/viewform
-Relief fund for students http://myscholly.com/relief/

Rent, Housing & Eviction Information:
-Tenant Law Center https://ccsww.org/get-help/specialized-services/tenant-law-center/
Letter to Landlord Template
-Rent Assistance via United Way of King County* https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp/ (*the application period has ended, but more funding may become available so please visit their website for how to receive updates on the process)

Legal Assistance:
-Latino/a Bar Association’s Immigration Attorney Referral List
-El Centro de la Raza’s legal referrals list
-Dispute Resolution Center of King County (mediation services only, no legal advice). Contact Teresita Zamora (206) 443-9603 x 103 or teresitaz@kcdrc.org.

Tax Preparation:
-Self-filing Online for Free www.MyFreeTaxes.com or call United Way of King County’s toll-free hotline at 1-833-540-0800 for assistance navigating MyFreeTaxes.com
-Virtual Tax Preparation Service via United Way of King County www.FreeTaxExperts.org
-Neither of the listed options above support ITIN filers. United Way of King County is working on a solution and we will share it as soon as there is a plan in place.
-IRS Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15th https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020

Medical & Healthcare:
-Alien Emergency Medical COVID-19 Coverage Expansion https://welcoming.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/alien-emergency-medical-COVID19-policy-3-18-2020.pdf
-Washington Healthplan Finder https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html

School Related:
-List of schools providing free meals www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/student_meals
-Comcast Internet Essentials Program https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

Utility Assistance:
-Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) & Seattle City Light (SCL) deferred payment program http://www.seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question
-Utility Discount Program http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program

Restaurant Workers:
-The Plate Fund https://www.theplatefund.com/apply

Small Business Support:
-City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund http://www.seattle.gov/office-of-economic-development/small-business/small-business-programs-/stabilization-fund-
-Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form–paycheck-protection-program-ppp-sample-application-form-0
-SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
-HomeSight Small Business Support Grant Program https://homesightwa.org/community-development/small-business-support-grant
-Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/covid-grants/
-Small Business Resiliency Assistance http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/small-business-resiliency-assistance/
-FaceBook Small Business Grant and Ad Credits https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant