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Housing Maintenance for Newcomers

As refugee housing providers, we understand the challenges newcomers face in finding and retaining stable housing. Navigating maintenance, budgeting for repairs, communicating with landlords, and

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Navigating Housing Screening Criteria

During the process when landlords and housing providers screen rental applicants, they often require documentation that newcomers typically do not have upon arrival in the

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As refugee housing providers, we understand the challenges newcomers face in finding and retaining stable housing. Navigating maintenance, budgeting for repairs, communicating with landlords, and accessing local resources can all be overwhelming. This guide aims to support both newcomers and their service providers by providing guidance on home maintenance for successful integration.  Note: while the […]

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Refugee Housing Solutions’ latest toolkit created in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides practical steps resettlement staff can take to build and maintain partnerships with hotels to meet refugee housing needs. The resource gives an overview of the benefits of working with hotel partners and outlines step-by-step advice for pursuing such partnerships — […]

This course is designed for resettlement agency professionals navigating the housing market on behalf of newcomers resettling in the United States and is a continuation of the eLearning course Introduction to HUD Housing for Newcomers. After completing this course, you will be able to: Identify common documents and information needed to apply for HUD affordable […]

This course is designed for resettlement agency workers navigating the housing market for newcomer clients. It covers the types of affordable housing programs offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and eligibility requirements. After completing this course, you will be able to: Describe HUD’s affordable housing programs Name key eligibility criteria […]

In the face of the U.S. housing crisis, resettlement practitioners must embrace creative solutions to housing newcomers. One such solution involves partnering with institutions of higher education to meet newcomer temporary or long-term housing needs. This resource was created by Refugee Housing Solutions and the International Rescue Committee.

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The dynamics of the U.S. rental housing market have made identifying permanent housing options for newcomers difficult, resulting in longer stays in temporary housing. This resource outlines best practices for identifying, developing, and using temporary housing in resettlement. This resource was created by Refugee Housing Solutions and the International Rescue Committee.

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Asset building and self-sufficiency are important goals for newly resettled refugees in the United States. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) can play a vital role in developing financial literacy and independence through matching funds and building assets. This resource, created by Switchboard, will assist service providers in understanding IDAs, their benefits, and provide additional resources.

Safe, sanitary, and affordable housing is a prerequisite for well-being. But securing housing of this standard is difficult—particularly for newcomers to the United States. Many of Refugee Housing Solutions’ resources highlight ways to secure housing and avoid homelessness. If you are a newcomer, or are working with a newcomer, who is homeless or at risk […]

During the process when landlords and housing providers screen rental applicants, they often require documentation that newcomers typically do not have upon arrival in the United States. To decrease this barrier to entry, this resource, created by Refugee Housing Solutions (RHS) in partnership with Switchboard, outlines alternative documentation that landlords and housing providers should expect […]

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This toolkit is a comprehensive review of all details, from planning through outreach and stewardship, for resettlement agency staff. The toolkit shares new and different ways to reach previously unused housing providers, with a focus on networking and hitting the streets.