ICNA Relief is working with 150 newly arrived Syrian refugee families in New Jersey. A few of these families’ benefits have run out and the landlord has issued them eviction notices. The state of New Jersey does not stop evictions even in cases of families with children. Help us create a fund for refugee families that will cover their rent for the next few months as they look for jobs.
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True or False?
Refugees receive subsidized housing (Section 8) when they arrive in the United States.
False: The Voluntary Resettlement Agencies (collectively termed VOLAGS) identifies an apartment and pays only the first and, often, last month’s rent on behalf of the refugee family. By the second month in the United States, families are responsible for their own rent. Yet, they do not receive sufficient financial assistance to do so.