Community Resources

migration is beautiful  diversity

The College of Marin welcomes students from all aspects of life. With the diversity of experiences and needs, the following information links are available to assist students with immigration questions and support, shelter, food, insurance, legal aid, tax aid, and more.

Please note that the following programs are not housed within the SAA office.  Links are provided for informational purposes only.


What We Know for Sure Following the Removal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  1. Students should still apply for admission to College.
  2. The CA Dream Act is safe - Cal Grants, Institutional Scholarships, DREAM Loans, EOPS, and the BOG Waiver will all still remain intact for undocumented students.
  3. CA driver's licenses for undocumented people are safe.
  4. CA has the strongest protections for undocumented people of any state in the union, particularly when it comes to ICE and law enforcement, in the form of the TRUTH ACT:
  5. California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office:
  6. No new initial DACA applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017.

UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 16, 2018: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

• If your DACA status expired already, you can submit your renewal application.
• If your DACA status will expire within 150 days or less, you can submit your renewal application.
• If your DACA has been expired for over a year, it may be possible to submit a new DACA application.
• If you have NEVER had DACA status before, you CANNOT apply for it at this time.
DACA recipients are encouraged to go to Canal Alliance for DACA renewal assistance. ADDRESS:130 Alto Street, San Rafael, or call 415-306-0437 to make an appointment. We will be conducting these appointments for free, and financial assistance for the $495 filing fee will be available.

En español
• Si tu estatus de DACA ya ha caducado, puedes solicitar una renovación.
• Si tu estatus de DACA caducará en los siguientes 150 días, y no antes, puedes solicitar una renovación.
• Si tu estatus de DACA caducó hace más que un año, es posible que podrías completar una nueva solicitud de DACA.
• Si NUNCA has tenido DACA, NO puedes solicitarlo en este momento.

Los beneficiarios de DACA pueden venir a Canal Aliance oficina en 130 Alto Street, San Rafael, o llamar 415-306-0437 para hacer una cita. No vamos a cobrar por estas citas, y habrá ayuda financiera para los gastos administrativos de $495.

Know Your Rights

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) link (dealing with ICE, combating Islamaphobia, filming law enforcement, etc.)
How to Fight Deportation:

For Immigrant/Undocumented Immigrant Communities & Allies

No new initial DACA applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017.  People with work permits that expire between September 5, 2017 and/or before March 5, 2018 will have one month (until October 5, 2017) to get a new two-year work permit. Unfortunately, people with work permits that expire after March 5, 2018 will no longer be eligible to file for renewals. 


*There are differing views on what is considered "safe" at this time for undocumented immigrants.  PLEASE contact the organization and ASK QUESTIONS to be informed about your options.


Ambassadors of Hope (AHO)
Support for homeless youth 18-24. No one is turned away.
74 Portola Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-7173

Call 211 for Shelter, Housing, Food support and more.


COM Cupboard
Grab a meal right here at COM Visit the Health Center in Lot 6 and look out for the pop-up pantry with baked goods every Tuesday in Student Services Center.

The government program that issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

Covered California Health Insurance
Covered California is the place where Californians can get brand-name health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Canal Alliance
Legal aid to build a pathway to success for immigrant families to overcome poverty and injustice, so they can become tomorrow’s leaders.

Family and Children's Law Center
Provides quality, low-cost legal services to families on matters ranging from domestic violence and immigration to child custody, visitation, and support.

Legal Self-Help Services
Provides free, quality legal services to low-income, vulnerable, and underserved residents without an attorney; all services are accessible to Spanish-speaking residents. Services include: legal document preparation and help with filing, assistance with legal reference materials and legal research.

Legal Aid of Marin
Provides access to civil justice system to low-income, vulnerable, and otherwise underserved residents of Marin County.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
Full-service fair housing agency in Marin County and housing counseling agency in Marin County certified by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Thy provide varying levels of fair housing services and mortgage foreclosure prevention services as well as advisory and training services in Marin and Sonoma counties.

New Beginnings Law Center
The New Beginnings Law Center provides legal services and advocacy to individuals with a criminal history. Services include sealing juvenile records, sealing/destroying adult arrest records, misdemeanor expungement, felony modifications, and veterans’ restorative relief.


Center for Domestic Peace
Support and assistance for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Get FREE help for tax preparation

Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)
Tax resources


Community Action Marin

Free financial coaching to all COM students.