Learn about COVID-19 and its impact on the immigrant community
Throughout the duration of this public health crisis, LIA is committed to providing both the general public and the immigrant community in particular with helpful and reliable resources regarding this crisis. Check out the information and resources below to learn more about how you and your family can navigate these difficult times together.
For the immigrant community:
What is COVID-19 and how can I protect my family?
Can I apply for unemployment benefits?
Will getting tested or treated for COVID-19 prevent me from getting a green card?
“USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.”
“USCIS exhorta a todas aquellas personas, incluidos los extranjeros, que tengan síntomas similares a los de la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (fiebre, tos, dificultad respiratoria) a buscar el tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención necesarios. Dicho tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención no afectarán negativamente a los extranjeros como parte del análisis futuro de carga pública.”
Will I receive a recovery rebate check from the government?
I am pregnant or nursing. How does COVID-19 impact me and my infant?
I am an agricultural worker. What do I need to know about staying safe at work?
Testing & Health Care
Job Opportunities in Michigan
Mental Health Resources
Food and other Public Assistance Benefits
Here are some other food options for your family:
- Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry Schedule (Ottawa County)
- Senior Curbside Meal Distribution (Ottawa County)
- Community Action House (Holland)
- Harvest Stand Ministries (Zeeland)
- For all questions about food resources, please visit http://www.ottawafood.org/
Internet & Phone Resources
For LIA clients:
Since 2015, Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates (LIA) has worked to empower the holistic well-being and stability of the immigrant community in West Michigan. Our commitment to fostering this stability remains firm in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the concurrent economic crisis. Although our physical office will be closed until state and federal recommendations change, our team is still hard at work assisting and advocating for our clients during this time. Please refer to our full public statement below regarding our office closure and remote work.