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Security Deposits and Other Initial Barriers

Published: July 3, 2012


The following are some ideas used by your colleagues to solve these problems.

Charlottesville, Virginia. The IRC affiliate approached the local Rotary Club and received a $10,000 donation to set up a revolving security deposit fund. The fund is used to pay security deposits for newly-arriving refugees, and the landlords agree to repay the security deposit to the agency – as opposed to giving it back to the tenant.

We have collected a number of other promising practices in helping refugees overcome the initial barriers in renting apartments. Click here to download a copy of “At Home with Refugee Housing: Resettlement to Integration” or contact us and order a hard copy today.

Now available: “New Roots in Common Ground”, a companion to the “Welcome to Your New Home” orientation booklets. This 50 minute DVD features interviews and demonstrations with refugees, case managers and landlords. Designed to be part of a comprehensive housing orientation program, the video also includes a discussion and activity guide to build on the points covered in the DVD. Each set includes versions with spoken narration in Arabic, Burmese, English, French, Kiswahili, Somali and Spanish. All national resettlement offices, local voluntary agency affiliates, T.A. providers, state refugee coordinators and ORR-recognized MAAs will receive a copy in the mail in late August 2008. If you do not fall into these categories and would like to order a free copy, please contact us. To access the discussion and activity guide, click here.

Video Study Guide (PDF, Word)

We’d like to hear from YOU – what ideas do you have on how to solve these problems that we can share with others?