Since the early 1990s, preferred communities have provided resettlement services to newly arriving refugees. Preferred communities allow ample opportunities for early employment and sustained economic independence. In addition, they support special needs populations.
Two types of preferred communities programs are available.
Nine national voluntary agencies currently resettle refugees under a Reception and Placement Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State or with the Department of Homeland Security. The Preferred Communities program is restricted to the following agencies because placements of new arrivals occur under the terms of the cooperative agreements, and no other agencies place new arrivals or participate in determining their resettlement sites.
Annual Report for 2011 (DOC 15KB)
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Last Reviewed: May 26, 2015