Housing Resources for Refugees - Resources Guide is information prepared by California’s Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) and is being shared with you for informational purposes only. The sharing of this information does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation or favoring of the material, web sites or organizations. If you have any questions regarding the content of a specific organization referred in this material, please contact the originating agency/organization.
California Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and provides two basic types of services. Eligible low-income persons, via local governmental and nonprofit organizations, can receive financial assistance to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings, and/or have their dwellings weatherized to make them more energy efficient.
Mercy Housing works with refugees and immigrants to ease their transition to the United States.
Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) offers programs and resources that provide basic facts about new refugee groups arriving in the U.S. and various publications are available to help in the refugee resettlement process. One of the many CORE publications are the Refugee Backgrounders which provide key information about new refugee groups for U.S. resettlement workers. Also available on the CORE website are various resources to learn more about refugees including a searchable Resource Library with many varied publications on refugees and refugee resettlement. The Resettlement Navigator has translated videos, fact sheets and podcasts that can be used with refugees on topics including employment, education, and housing. CORE has a mobile app called Settle In with similar content in a more interactive learning format. The app also has a desktop version that educators often find useful during class instruction.
USCIS' E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. The system provides results within as little as three to five seconds. The USCIS provides free webinars for employees and employers to learn more about the E-Verify system.
Tahirih Justice Center was founded in 1997 to address the acute need for legal services of immigrant and refugee women who have fled to the U.S. to seek protection from human rights abuses.
National Immigration Forum builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights of refugees, asylees, immigrants and their families. Available on the NILC website is a table that provides an overview of immigrant eligibility for the major federal public assistance programs. Some states provide assistance to immigrants who are not eligible for federally funded services.
Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) Solutions is a nationally recognized consulting and evaluation organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that specializes in refugee and immigrant services, economic and asset development, organizational capacity building, performance measurement, program evaluation and public policy analysis.
Refugee Womens Network, Inc. (RWN) activities are focused on training refugee and immigrant women to become effective advocates for themselves, their families and their communities.
Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children is an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women and children.
Survivors of Torture, International is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for survivors of politically-motivated torture and their families who live in San Diego County which includes refugees and asylees.
U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants (USCRI) has gathered and produced extensive resources for refugees, immigrants and the people who support them. The Resource Library includes valuable tools for refugees, employers, lawyers, advocates and more. The online resource library has manuals, pamphlets, brochures,and more available on a variety of resettlement topics such as cultural orientation, financial literacy, health, family strengthening, etc.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides graduate education scholarship opportunities to 'New Americans'. The deadline for applications is November 1st of each year. Qualified applicants may write to the program office at 224 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 or may obtain information from their website.