New York State To Provide Millions In Funding To Help Afghan Refugees
New York State is providing millions of dollars in assistance to refugees from Afghanistan. Governor Kathy Hochul announced the funds, which will be distributed through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's (OTDA) New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program, on December 7, 2021. The State will provide $2 million, bringing the total that New York is contributing to $5 million.
Governor Hochul said the state is proud to take the lead on assisting the refugees,
"For generations, immigrants have come to New York and the U.S. seeking freedom and opportunity—their contributions defining and strengthening the fabric of our state and nation. With Afghan evacuees fleeing widespread instability in their own country, New York State is proud to take a leading role in the massive resettlement effort, and with this historic, first-of-its-kind investment, we will connect people with the support they need to flourish in their new home. I also thank President Biden and Governor Markell for their efforts welcoming our friends and allies to our shores."
So far, 1,790 Afghan evacuees have arrived in the state since September. In the near future, almost 1,800 more will arrive in various cities across the state,
Approximately 250 evacuees are scheduled to arrive in Albany, 495 in Buffalo, 190 in the New York City area, 50 in Niagara Falls, 275 in Rochester, 10 in Rockville Center, 420 in Syracuse, 50 in Utica, and 50 in Yonkers.
The funds will provide a variety of assistance to the refugees, including,
- Cultural orientations
- Mental health resources to address recent traumas
- English classes
- Job training and placement
- Case management for children's education
- Assitance with benefits and securing drivers licenses
- Other servicesneeded by families