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Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Wilson/Fish Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To develop alternative projects which promote early employment of refugees, including certain Amerasian immigrants, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, and certified victims of a severe form of trafficking. States, voluntary resettlement agencies, and other resettlement organizations may develop innovative approaches for the provision of refugee cash and medical assistance, social services, and case management otherwise available through the State-administered program. The purpose of these alternative projects is to provide integrated services and cash assistance in order to increase refugees' prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency, reduce their level of welfare dependence, and promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and services providers. Projects must serve all eligible refugees in a community. There are two categories for applications. Category one provides an opportunity for an applicant to continue the provision of refugee program services and assistance in a State when the State elects to discontinue participation or is not currently participating in the program of refugee resettlement. Category two provides applicants an opportunity to implement alternative projects to promote self-sufficiency and coordinate services more effectively.