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Local nonprofit says immigrants are affected by COVID but aren't getting government help.

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown banned restaurant dining in March and closed other businesses, thousands of immigrant workers lost their jobs or had their hours slashed, said a press release from the Latino Community Association.

"The move to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus left families struggling to pay their bills," the release said. "Many did not qualify for unemployment, nor would they receive a $1,200 stimulus check."

The Latino Community Association opened a COVID-19 Immigrant Family Relief Fund to meet the immediate needs of families in Central Oregon – helping to pay for rent, utilities and groceries. Foundations offered grants and individuals gave part of their stimulus payments. By late June, the total had reached $224,697. With additional funds from the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, as of June 20, LCA team members have helped 469 workers and their families to the tune of $672,000.

LCA, in partnership with the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, also distributed $25,000 to 16 Latino businesses in Central Oregon that lost income due to the pandemic.

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