Programs | Refugee Services (2023)

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The Making A Connection Program (MAC)

MAC promotes positive civic and social engagement among recently arriving refugees between the ages 15 and 24, regardless of their education level. Refugee youth are paired with adult mentors to support their educational advancement and career development.

  • View MAC Program Curriculum
  • View MAC Program Providers
New York State Assistance for Migrants Program (AMP)

AMP provides certain recently arrived noncitizens with case management services and may also provide direct assistance to meet basic needs not otherwise supported by public assistance such as food, clothing and shelter; and other services that support basic needs and stability. The program was created in response to the urgent need for critical supports for recent migrant arrivals throughout NYS.

  • View AMP Program Providers
New York State At-Risk Youth (NYSARY)

NYSARY provides comprehensive support and case management services for at-risk youth, with a focus on unaccompanied children entering the U.S. and residing in Nassau and Suffolk counties. This program was created as part of the Governor’s effort to combat MS-13 gang violence.

  • View NYSARY Program Providers
The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program (NYSESRP)

NYSESRP provides enhanced services to newly arrived refugees in the U.S., Special Immigrant Visa holders, Afghan humanitarian parolees as well as their wives and children and asylees. Such services include, but are not limited to, case management; employment and training services; and support services such as English language training, assistance with health and medical services and post-employment services necessary to assist eligible individuals and families to attain economic and social self-sufficiency and to successfully integrate into U.S. society.

  • View NYSESRP Program Providers
Refugee and Immigrant Student Welcome Program (RISWP)

RISWP funds activities including, but not limited to: expanded community school activities, the provision of school supplies to incoming students, training opportunities for staff on trauma and cultural sensitivity, employment of counselors and psychologists, and parental and family engagement and support for refugee and immigrant youth.

  • View RISWP Program Providers
Refugee Cash Assistance and Refugee Medical Assistance (RCA/RMA)

RCA/RMA provides temporary assistance for refugees and other eligible populations who are not eligible for other federal cash or medical assistance programs, within twelve months of being granted an eligible status or date of arrival in the U.S. In New York State, RCA and RMA are provided by social services districts.

Refugee Health Promotion (RHP)

RHP provides funds for part-time Health Access Coordinators (HACs) at resettlement agencies. HACs develop culturally and linguistically appropriate health orientations and classes designed to increase refugees’ health literacy, reduce gaps in services and increase access to public and/or private health insurance.

  • View RHP Program Providers
Refugee Health Screening (RHS)

RHS is a program to provide initial medical screening and immunizations to newly arriving refugees and other eligible persons within 90 days of their date of arrival or date of immigration status granted. RHS ensures follow-up with medical issues identified in an overseas medical examination; identifies persons with communicable diseases of potential public health importance; enables a refugee to successfully resettle by identifying personal health conditions that, if left unidentified, could adversely affect his/her ability to effectively resettle; and refers refugees to primary care providers for ongoing health care.

  • View RHS Program Providers
Refugee School Impact Program (RSIP)

RSIP addresses the serious short and long term educational issues facing school-aged refugee children, particularly those who have recently arrived in our state; eases the transition of these refugee children into the state's elementary, middle and high schools; empowers refugee parents to be effective partners in the education of their children; and supports local school systems most heavily impacted by high numbers of refugee students.

  • View Welcome to Our Schools Curriculum
  • View RSIP Program Providers
Refugee Social Services Program (RSSP)

RSSP provides employment services and other supportive services to refugees and other eligible populations to address barriers to employment such as social and cultural adjustment, job search skills, work experience, and English proficiency. The services under this program assist refugees and their families in achieving economic and social-self-sufficiency as soon as possible after their arrival into the United States.

  • View RSSP Program Providers
Response to Human Trafficking Program (RHTP)

RHTP is a New York State-funded program which supports service providers throughout the state to provide case management and services to confirmed victims of trafficking. Potential services include: health screening, health care and follow-up medical assistance, job training, job placement, and basic food, clothing and shelter.

Law enforcement or established social and legal service providers can submit an individual to the joint OTDA and Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) portal to request an individual be confirmed as a victim of trafficking. Once confirmed, the individuals are referred to either the RHTP provider or to the Local District Social Services Office, depending on their eligibility for public benefit programs. This confirmation process is separate from federal trafficking victim confirmation programs.

  • View RHTP Program Providers
Services to Older Refugees Program (SORP)

The purpose SORP is to provide social and supportive services that assist older refugees aged 60 and older in gaining access to mainstream services within their respective communities so that they may live independently for as long as possible. The program provides outreach to establish and/or expand the working relationships between the contracted service provider agency and the local Office for the Aging (OFA) as well as other relevant local service provider(s) to link older refugees to available services and providers as well as domestic seniors in the community. The program also provides case management services to assess the needs of older refugees and provide them with appropriate direct services that are not currently offered, and connect them with available services to effectively meet the needs identified.

  • View SORP Program Providers
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URM)

The URM Program is a specialized foster care program for refugees and other eligible populations of children and youth. The U.S. Department of State identifies refugee children overseas who are eligible for resettlement in the U.S., but do not have a parent or guardian. Upon arrival in the U.S., these refugee children are placed into the URM Program and receive foster care services. Other eligible children include asylees and Unaccompanied Children who are classified as certified victims of trafficking or special immigrant juveniles.

In New York State, the URM Program is operated by the social services districts in Onondaga County and Monroe County, each contracted with a private foster care agency that places youth in licensed family foster homes. The URM program provides the same range of child welfare benefits and services available to domestic foster children, as well as additional unique services designed to address cultural and linguistic needs. The program focuses on helping youth develop independent living skills, as most URM children remain in the custody of the county in which they reside until their twenty-first birthday, when they age out of the program. For more information, visit the website of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. If you are interested in becoming a URM foster parent in Monroe or Onondaga County, contact one of the providers linked below.

  • View URM Program Providers
Ukraine Supplemental Appropriation to Resettlement Agencies (USARA)

The USARA Program provides refugee support services, including employment assistance, case management, skills training, English as a second language, assistance in applying for Employment Authorization Documents and, when necessary, housing and food assistance to certain eligible individuals who have arrived in the U.S. from Ukraine.

  • View USARA Program Providers
United States Repatriation Program (USRP)

The USRP provides temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their dependents that have become destitute, ill, incapacitated, or incarcerated in a foreign country and are without available resources. The program assists eligible repatriates upon their return to the United States by providing allowable repatriation services, which may include cash assistance, medical care, mental health treatment, temporary shelter, transportation, and other goods and services necessary for their health or welfare for up to ninety (90) days to assist them to resettle into the area. Referrals come to New York State from the U.S. Department of State. Upon receipt, OTDA/Bureau of Refugee Services forwards the referral to the social services district. The district makes a plan for the arrival of the repatriate and makes any necessary and allowable arrangements and provides services for the assistance that is being requested or needed. For more information on USRP visit the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response.


Programs | Refugee Services? ›

In Georgia, the Department of Human Services Refugee Program supports this mission by administering the federally funded Refugee Program. Georgia has a State Refugee Coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating public and private resources for refugees.

What agency provide services to refugees in Georgia? ›

In Georgia, the Department of Human Services Refugee Program supports this mission by administering the federally funded Refugee Program. Georgia has a State Refugee Coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating public and private resources for refugees.

What are the benefits of asylum in Georgia? ›

This includes benefits such as: Employment Assistance, Immigration and Related Legal Assistance, English Language Instruction, Domestic Violence Prevention, Health Screenings, and more. Learn about Refugee Social Services offered by Georgia agencies here.

How many refugees are in Clarkston GA? ›

Some 60,000 refugees have called Clarkston, and nearby neighborhoods, their first American home.

What services does the US provide for refugees? ›

The Refugee Support Services Program also addresses barriers to employment such as:
  • Social adjustment.
  • English language instruction.
  • Interpretation and translation.
  • Day care for children.
  • Citizenship and naturalization.

Who helps refugees and what do they do? ›

The IRC has 28 offices across the United States (listed below, Under "Where does the IRC have offices in the U.S.?") that support newly arrived refugees by providing immediate aid, including food, housing and medical attention.

What is the name of an organization that helps refugees? ›

The best charities for helping refugees are the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Doctors Without Borders. These charities advocate for refugee protection, safety, and rights. They also deliver emergency relief and support services to refugees in need.

How much money do asylum seekers get us? ›

All refugees arriving in the United States are entitled to 8 months of Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) from the date of their U.S. arrival. The RCA amounts vary based on the size of the family: Single person ($230/month), Family of 2 ($363/Month), Family of 3 ($485/month), Family of 4 ($611/month), etc.

Do asylum seekers get free? ›

You may get free National Health Service ( NHS ) healthcare, such as to see a doctor or get hospital treatment. You'll also get: free prescriptions for medicine.

Which US state is best for asylum seekers? ›

New York City remains the top destination. It had some 134,848 asylum seekers and others seeking to start a new life settle there. Cook County, Illinois where Chicago is located fell to fifth place with 36,355. See Table 1.

What city in Georgia has the most refugees? ›

The distinction has earned Clarkston the nickname “Ellis Island of the South.” Some 40,000 refugees have come through Georgia over the past three decades, and for most, Clarkston was the first stop.

Where do refugees live in Georgia? ›

Clarkston is a small city in Dekalb County, Georgia located 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. In the last four decades, Clarkston has welcomed tens of thousands of refugees and immigrants who were drawn to the city by its affordable housing options, access to public transportation and proximity to downtown Atlanta.

Which US state has the most refugees? ›

Nebraska Tops the List of Refugee Arrivals Per Capita
Refugee Arrivals per 100,000 State Population
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Mar 7, 2023

Do refugees pay taxes? ›

Just like American citizens, all immigrants and refugees are required to file a tax return and pay taxes if they meet income requirements. This includes immigrants with visas, newly arrived refugees, and even those who are undocumented.

Are refugees allowed to work? ›

Refugees and asylees are employment eligible incident to their status and are authorized to work indefinitely because their immigration status does not expire.

What do refugees offer? ›

As they find their footing, refugees contribute significant tax revenue, stimulate the economy, raise productivity, improve local worker wages, boost innovation, and often generate international trade because of their connections to various countries.

What are the biggest refugee agencies? ›

UNHCR is the lead agency with respect to the protection of refugees and the internally displaced.

Does Georgia take refugees? ›

Georgia regularly ranks as one of the top ten most welcoming states in America — resettling approximately 2,500-3,500 refugees each year.

How can I help refugees in my local area? ›

You can also help refugees by:
  1. Talk to your local MP and local council about getting involved in refugee resettlement.
  2. becoming a community sponsorship group.
  3. donating goods, services or your time locally.
  4. volunteering with an organisation supporting refugees.

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