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Contra Costa County, California is glad you are here! Did you know: Over 1 in 4 Contra Costa residents are immigrants? Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) are pleased to announce that New American Economy (NAE) and Welcoming America selected Contra Costa County to receive a Gateways for Growth (G4G) Technical Assistance Award as part of the fourth cohort of a nationwide initiative. Technical assistance and research provided through the award will support the planning process for the new County Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice with immigrant welcoming and inclusion as one of its main pillars.

How can we help?

Jobs

Jobs held by immigrants in Contra Costa County accounted for $18.5 Billion USD in 2017. Of these earnings, $3.9 Billion USD went to federal, state, and local taxes.

Immigrants make up 31.3% of Contra Costa County’s working-age population and 31.6% of employed labor.


Immigrants make up 33.5% of Contra Costa Count’s entrepreneurs. This makes immigrants in Contra Costa County 9% more likely to start and own their own businesses than their U.S.-born coutnerparts.


Who can help with job and career resources?

EHSD’s Workforce Development Board


Immigrants help keep jobs from moving overseas. It is estimated that Contra Costa County’s immigrants have helped create or preserve 13,442 local manufacturing jobs!

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Health

Contra Costa Health Services is Contra Costa County’s largest government agency. ….more about health….

Who can help with health resources?

Contra Costa Health Services can help you get vaccinated for COVID-19.

RotaCare Bay Area Clinics provide free health care for undocumented families.

Contra Costa Health Services offers family and general medical practices.

Narika offers domestic and family violence services for the South East Asian population.
Call 1-800-215-7308.

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Legal

Immigrant families often confront a variety of legal needs. Aside from our team at Stand Together Contra Costa,

Who can help with legal resources?

Stand Together Contra Costa provides legal help with immigration, naturalization, and deportation.

Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help with immigration (including U-Visas and T-Visas), housing, public benefits, and domestic violence.
Call (510) 233-9954.

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Food

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Who can help with food resources?

Contra Costa EHSD administers the public benefits programs for the County (such as CalFresh, CalWORKs, and General Assistance).
Call

Contra Costa Crisis Line can be reached by dialing “211” from your phone, and has a wealth of resource lists.
Call 211.

EHSD’s Social Services Rapid Response Team helps connect families with food and meal resources, including meals for seniors.
Call

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Events

do we have any events?

Where can I find cultural events?

The East Bay Center teaches performing arts such as Mexican Son de la Tierra, traditional Mien dance, and West African music and dance.
Call (510) 234-5624.

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Kids

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Who can help with resources for children?

Contra Costa EHSD’s Community Services Bureau runs early learning programs for young children.

CocoKids helps with subsidized child care. Call (866) 262-6543
(866-COCOKID).

EHSD’s Children and Families Services helps with child abuse, foster care, and transitional-age youth resources.

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Seniors

Contra Costa County has a very vibrant and thriving elder community.

Who can help with resources for elders?

EHSD’s Aging and Adult Services can help with senior care, reporting elder abuse, and services for the disabled.

Ombudsman Services offers help with senior long-term care facilities.
Call (925) 685-2070.

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End notes

Thank you to New American Economy for our charts. If you would like to read more, please read New Americans in Contra Costa.

1 We define an immigrant and foreign-born as anyone born outside the country to non-U.S. citizen parents who is a resident in the United States. This includes naturalized citizens, green card holders, temporary visa holders, refugees, asylees, and undocumented immigrants, among others.
2 Unless otherwise specified, data comes from 1-year samples of the American Community Survey from 2012 and 2017 and figures refer to Contra Costa County, California.
3 U.S. Congressional Budget Office. 2018. “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2015.”
4 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. 2015. “Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States.”
5 We define working age as 16-64 years of age.
6 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
7 Professional services: Most of these industries include professions that require a degree or a license, such as legal services, accounting, scientific research, consulting services, etc.
8 General services include personal services (e.g. laundry services, barber shops, and repair and maintenance), religious organizations, social services, and labor unions.
9 Vigdor, Jacob. 2013. “Immigration and the Revival of American Cities: From Preserving Manufacturing Jobs to Strengthening the Housing Market.” New American Economy.
10 Data on total student enrollment in the county is derived from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Temporary residents refer to people who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
11 Economic data is derived from the International Student Economic Value Tool maintained by NAFSA, the association of international educators.
12 New American Economy. 2017. “From Struggle to Resilience: The Economic Impact of Refugees in America.”

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