Detroit has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a poverty rate of 36% and the poor health health that normally goes along with low incomes, Southeastern Michigan has become a national epicenter of the outbreak,
An added challenge is the number of refugees and immigrants that have settled in the Detroit area. Responding to the added difficulties refugee and immigrant families may face during this crisis, USCRI’s Detroit Field Office, in partnership with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, has launched the Good Neighbor Relief Program.
Through United Way’s grant of $20,000, USCRI Detroit was able to identify many refugee and immigrant families residing in the communities of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, who were experiencing economic hardships directly related to the recent COVID-19 emergency including a loss of employment due to the crisis. These families were assisted with emergency cash assistance to help them pay rent, utilities , medical bills, and other essential payments.
USCRI Detroit staff and agency director Tawfik Alazem would like to express their gratitude to the United Way for Southeast Michigan for its support during these critical times. This partnership will no doubt make a difference to the clients and families that USCRI Detroit is serving during this time of uncertainty.