I. Resettlement Program
The goal of the refugee resettlement program is to promote early self-sufficiency and cultural adjustment among newly arrived refugees. This program’s services are funded by the Department of State; the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS)-Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR); the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast; and pass-through funding from our national resettlement partner the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC).
Our Current Resettlement Services are:
a. Reception and Placement Services
Under this program "Core" services that include the following are provided: airport pick-up, orientation, transportation assistance, housing, furnishings, clothing, food, medical and employment referrals, school enrollment, sponsorship of relatives overseas, and assistance with applications for Social Security, Food Stamps, and Medicaid.
Core services are made available for at least 30 days after a refugee's arrival, while Reception and Placement follow-up and self-sufficiency services are provided at a minimum, for the first 180 days of a refugee's arrival.
b. Matching Grant
The goal of this program is to guide refugee households toward economic self-sufficiency within six months of eligibility. Economic self-sufficiency means earning a total family income at a level that enables a family unit to support itself without receipt of additional cash assistance. MG offers refugees short-term cash, rental, placement, and other support services, such as English language training, childcare and transportation subsidies. The agency must provide "core maintenance" services for at least 120 days including housing and cash allowance, but after that point a family's need should decrease. It is meant to serve those refugees who are most likely to become employed within the initial four to six months in the program.
The purpose of Repatriation Program is to provide temporary assistance to U.S. citizens who experience unexpected and unavoidable problems abroad, and to assist them upon their return to the U.S. to resume their lives as quickly as possible.
Services under this program include:
- temporary housing and food allowance
- referral for healthcare
- public assistance
- acquisition or reinstatement of legal documents
- job counseling
- job placement
The Alliance is one of the two agencies in Texas providing Repatriation Services.