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List of ORR “preferred” communities has some additions

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 23, 2014

WTH! A preferred resettlement site? More waiters needed?

Update April 15, 2016: There is a more up-to-date list of preferred communities in the 2014 ORR report to Congress. Click here and go to page 51 for the list.

Since everyone (thousands of you) really liked the map of America with the 180 or so cities where the US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) are resettling refugees, I thought it might be a good idea to update the “preferred” communities list.

The ORR says these 82 (or so) preferred communities offer the best chance for refugees to find jobs and become self-sufficient, but really they are the cities with overload problems and with especially challenging and needy refugees (cases needing “intensive case management”).  So to help ameliorate the problem, the feds throw more grant money to the contractors!

Here are the contractors receiving grants now for “preferred” sites.  By the way, this program is only open to the big nine contractors that monopolize the program.  Then they funnel your money to their subcontractors (here).  See on the “affiliates” list that there are addresses in cities involved that are not on my list below, so I would look to those cities too as now in refugee overload or getting there.

This possibly incomplete list of cities is cobbled together from information in the ORR’s 2012 Annual Report to Congress, p. 47 and a previous post we wrote, here.  There may be some new “preferred” communities I’m not yet aware of.   And, note, if comparing lists, that I inadvertently left out Wichita, Kansas on my earlier list.

Recently added in red (or ones I missed in a previous review).  Again this is not a complete list of where refugees are being resettled, it merely highlights those where the contractor has over the last few years received additional money from the US Treasury in order to cope with problems there:

Arizona:  Tucson, Phoenix

California:  San Diego, Sacramento, Modesto, Walnut Creek

Colorado:  Denver, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Loveland

Connecticut:  Derby/Bridgeport, New Haven

Florida:  Orlando, Clearwater, Palm Beach

Georgia:  Atlanta, Savannah

Idaho:  Boise, Twin Falls, Treasure Valley

Illinois:  Chicago, DuPage/Aurora, Moline

Indiana:  Indianapolis

Iowa:  Des Moines

Kansas: Wichita

Kentucky:  Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro

Maryland:  Baltimore, Silver Spring

Massachusetts:  Springfield, Jamaica Plain, Worcester, Malden

Michigan:  Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Lansing

Minnesota:  Minneapolis, St. Cloud, St. Paul

Missouri:  Kansas City

Nebraska:  Omaha

Nevada:  Las Vegas

New Hampshire:  Manchester, Concord

New Jersey:  East Orange

New Mexico: Albuquerque

New York:  Syracuse, Buffalo, Utica, Albany, Manchester (this tiny town is listed on p.49, but it must be a typo, NH maybe?)

North Carolina: Raleigh, New Bern, Wilmington, Durham, High Point, Charlotte, Greensboro (lucky NC!)

Ohio: Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Dayton

Pennsylvania:  Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie

Rhode Island:  Providence

Tennessee: Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas:  Fort Worth, Houston, Austin

Virginia:  Charlottesville, Hampton Roads

Washington:  Seattle, Richland, Tri-Cities

Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison

10 Responses to “List of ORR “preferred” communities has some additions”

  1. […] is a federal “preferred community” for refugee resettlement.  I bet most Concord residents did not know they merited that […]


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  3. […] Both Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY are top resettlement sites for African (and other) refugees. Both are US State Department preferred communities, here. […]


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  7. Jewel said

    From Pittsburgh: How not to find qualified American workers. Try not to have a brain hemorrhage while watching this.


  8. sodiumpen said

    Once again I have to note that Vermont isn’t on this list. Why not? Something tells me there is more to this. . .


    • tomasrose said

      neither is Delaware. it all makes sense – Vt Sen Leahy is one of the biggest pushers of a larger refugeee resettlement program and Joe Biden , of Delaware, co-sponsored the whole thing.


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