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If you are an asylum seeker, filing for TPS, or on Humanitarian Parole, you may in some cases qualify for free health insurance through Medicaid and food assistance through a program called SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program). Receiving help from these programs will NOT affect your legal status and immigration application. For more information, click here. (Multilingual support is available.)
Using the CBP One phone app to enter the country from abroad
CBP One is a phone application from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), available to both iPhone and Android users. Currently, CBP One is available for land travelers to submit their traveler information in advance prior to their border crossing into the United States. Travelers entering the US by air or land can use it to apply for and view their I-94s.
For more information on CBP One, click here.
So many changes: Now that Title 42 is ending, what's next?
Title 42 - the program that stopped immigrants from entering the at the Southern Border because of Covid-19 related health concerns - ended on May 11th. What's next? Click here for an update on changing U.S. immigration policies.
CRCKY is a nonprofit, created to help immigrants in Kentucky negatively impacted by immigration issues. We provide individuals and families with direct assistance, using interpreters whenever needed. Whenever possible, we also give referrals to trusted community partners. CRCKY helps client with needs arising from events such as a family member being detained or serious illnesses. We deliver weekly food packages to clients, refer those clients we cannot deliver to to other food sources, arrange for transportation, connect clients with medical and mental health services and pay for a consultation with an immigration lawyers when legal help is needed.
CRCKY also provides educational activities, to provide factual information to clients and to the general public about local resources, worldwide migration, and US immigration.
CRCKY helps immigrants clients by:
Referring clients to reputable immigration lawyers and paying for their initial consultation with the lawyer
Helping households at risk of eviction and/or with serious illnesses (such as Covid-19, cancer, or an injury that prevents individuals from working) pay one month of rent and/or utilities on an emergency basis. To qualify, families MUST have a plan for how to pay for the next month's rent. We are an emergency service and unfortunately cannot provide ongoing assistance.
Delivering food to families in need and referring those we cannot help to other agencies
Providing emergency baby supplies (diapers, wipe, and formula)
Helping clients learn how to ride the bus
Referring clients to community partners for extra assistance, as needed
Maintaining a regularly updated "Where to Find Help" resource packet, which lists resources for immigrants that may not have traditional forms of identification
RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE AT RISK OF EVICTION
CRCKY assists immigrant families who do not qualify for government assistance, and need emergency assistance. In order to receive help with rent or utilities, someone in your household must have experienced a recent catastrophic event preventing you from paying rent, or have a life-threatening illness. Examples of such events include but are not limited to undergoing recent domestic violence, surviving an assault, someone in the household having Covid, needing to pay for car repairs after a car crash, or having a one-time health event that requires you pay for treatment instead of rent. In such cases, we can help pay rent and/or utilities for a month, provide food, and whatever else you need to stay in your home.
If you are an immigrant in need of food, please call us at 1-800-674-9217. We collaborate with Trader Joe's to bring fresh produce and meats to clients on Saturday mornings. While there is a waiting list to receive these weekly food packets, CRCKY can refer you to other organizations in the meantime. Please look at our "Where to Find Help" resource packet (see yellow button above) to get a list of food options in Lexington, arranged by zip code.