About Wilson/Fish

The Wilson-Fish (WF) program is an alternative to traditional state administered refugee resettlement programs for providing assistance (cash and medical) and social services to refugees.

The purposes of the WF program are to:

  • Increase refugee prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency
  • Promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and service providers
  • Ensure that refugee assistance programs exist in every state where refugees are resettled

The WF program emphasizes early employment and economic self-sufficiency by integrating cash assistance, case management, and employment services and by incorporating innovative strategies for the provision of cash assistance.

ORR currently funds 13 WF programs that operate throughout twelve States: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, plus San Diego County, CA.

Wilson-Fish Resources
Wilson-Fish Chart
Wilson-Fish Alternative Refugee Resettlement Projects Blog
Wilson-Fish Alternative Refugee Resettlement Projects Tutorial

Wilson-Fish Funding Opportunity Announcement
HHS-2010-ACF-ORR-RW-0051-WF Final Announcement

  • W-F meeting to discuss announcement
  • W-F Public Meeting June 9, 2010 (doc 67KB)

Wilson-Fish Agency Contact Information
W-F Contact Information - Updated: December 2013 (doc 54KB)

ORR Contact Information
Carl Rubenstein
WF Program Manager
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Phone: 202.205.5933
Fax: 202.205.5888
E-mail: crubenstein@acf.hhs.gov