LIBRE—Linking Immigrants to Benefits, Resources & Education— was born out of the need to help immigrant families achieve stability. Many immigrants do not apply for government benefits because they are concerned about the public charge rule, which can affect their immigration options. LIBRE helps our immigrant community navigate these concerns, educates them about safety net services available, and links them to specific agencies in their communities to assist them with the enrollment process. LIBRE also provides limited immigration representation and assistance, including consultations and assistance with VAWA, U VISA, and SIJS for teen parents and their families and other vulnerable immigrants.
Legal Aid of San Mateo County spearheads the LIBRE work. A designated LIBRE attorney can be reached if community members have legal questions regarding their benefits. Call (650) 517-8936 to schedule an appointment.
Do you want to apply for Public Benefits? Visit one of our Assistor Locations!
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LIBRE is a collaborative project comprised of trusted community partners including the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Redwood City 2020, Coastside Hope, the Belle Haven Community School, the Redwood City Community Schools, the San Mateo County Human Services Agency and Nuestra Casa in East Palo Alto.
Our Promotoras work hard to educate and engage families who have questions about benefits. Promotoras then refer families to our partners for more direct support. For more information about the program, please contact Julio Garcia.