Grant funded services for Lake and Mendocino counties
Plans are underway to expand CHD immigration and citizenship services to Lake and Mendocino counties, two northern California regions where affordable assistance for immigrants is sparse and undocumented residents are considered most at risk. A new two-year, $250,000 grant from the state Department of Social Services will fuel the outreach effort. CHD’s BIA accredited immigration expert, Kathy Differding says state officials asked her to consider opening an immigration office in either Lake or Mendocino counties because the need there is so great.
“It’s an uncertain time for immigrants all across the country, but the State of California remains committed to assisting immigrants with pathways to legal residency and citizenship,” says Differding. “We’ve had great success over the years in other northern California regions, such as Sonoma and San Joaquin counties, and are thrilled to expand our reach to help more people.”
CHD has tentative plans to open an immigration and citizenship office on the campus of Mendocino Community College in Ukiah and will conduct a series of monthly workshops throughout Mendocino and Lake counties. The non-profit agency will assist a minimum of 260 people, focusing primarily on securing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and citizenship through the naturalization process.