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:
- Programs that receive a minimum of 100 new refugees annually.
- Programs that receive a proposed number of cases that will need intensive case management. These programs require a history of qualifications and experience in serving special needs cases.
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 Visit disclaimer page . 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.
- Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program, New York NY Visit disclaimer page
- Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S.A., New York, NY Visit disclaimer page
- Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. Visit disclaimer page
- HIAS, Inc. (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)/Refugee and Immigrant Services, New York NY Visit disclaimer page
- International Rescue Committee/Resettlement, New York NY Visit disclaimer page
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington DC Visit disclaimer page
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Arlington VA Visit disclaimer page
- World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals/Refugee & Immigration Programs, Baltimore MD Visit disclaimer page
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