Refugee resettlement is not an easy task for agencies. USCRI Cleveland has three weeks from intial notification from the State Department to secure safe and affordable housing for refugees. Within the first month after the refugees’ arrival, USCRI Cleveland must obtain social security cards and medical insurance for refugees, and connect them to other vital resources such as schools, job trainings and English classes…all with only up to $1,125 per month per refugee.
Many in Cleveland welcome the refugees into their city. Since 1983, Cuyahoga County has received over 17,000 refugees. USCRI Cleveland is part of Cleveland’s larger coalition called Refugee Services Collaborative, including three resettlement agencies and more than a dozen other refugee service providers.
“Cleveland is a place that says to people, ‘Regardless of who you are or how you come here, we welcome you, we care about you and we love you,’ ” says Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland and former city council member. “Our city needs these people. We need the ideas, the innovation, the work ethic, the creativity, the humanity and the culture.”
Read more about Cleveland’s refugee families in the Cleveland Magazine.
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