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If your city has low income housing (or a greedy meatpacker nearby!) you could get refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 7, 2017

During the final years of the Obama Administration, the US Department of State created a little booklet for communities to use to help plan for their town to be a new resettlement site.

This morning, reader Joanne sent this news from Colorado: Ft. Collins hasn’t enough low income housing so refugees are not being placed there in any numbers.

I’ll give you the news and then send you to places where you can learn more about the refugee program.  (Commenter Nancy, in a followup e-mail, asked to be further educated!).  Apologies to long-time readers who find the repetition boring!

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN – While national rhetoric on immigration, presidential executive orders and international factors slow in the number of refugees settling in the U.S., a lack of affordable housing has all but halted refugee resettlement in Fort Collins, experts say.

Just 13 refugees have resettled in Fort Collins since 2002, and none have moved to the city since 2012, according to newly compiled data from a USA TODAY Network investigation. Eleven of those refugees came from Iraq, and the remaining two came from Chad and Sudan.

“Housing drives where refugees live,” said Kit Taintor, Colorado’s State Refugee Coordinator.

This is a photo I took on my fact-finding mission in the heartland this past summer. Meat giant JBS (formerly Swift & Co) is a Brazilian-owned company that encourages Somali refugee labor, and as such it is changing the demographic make-up of Greeley, Colorado.

Cities the size of Fort Collins can serve as a boon for resettlement options, she said. But Fort Collins’ lack of affordable housing coupled with student competition for rentals in the university town has significantly limited resettlement options, making matters “really challenging.”

Greeley refugee flow is no great surprise! Taintor is not completely correct, meatpackers drive where refugees live too! (See ‘Big Meat braces for refugee shortage,’ here.)

The Coloradoan continues….

Despite the low number of refugees settling in Fort Collins, a radically different story continues to unfold in a Northern Colorado city just 30 miles away.

Since 2002, 1,110 refugees fleeing war, genocide and other ills in their home countries resettled in Greeley, a figure that has inched upward annually since 2009. Data show 270 refugees were settled in Greeley last year, and nearly all of them came from Burma and Somalia.

More here.  Not a word about the labor draw created there by a BRAZILIAN-OWNED COMPANY! Think about it, they get a ready-supply of cheap labor and you pay for the refugee family’s welfare, housing support, medical care and education for the kids—what a  business model!

Refugee resettlement is not first and foremost about humanitarianism! It is about money! And, that is why you do not see any move toward reform from the Republican leadership in Congress!

Your short tutorial begins here:

Read the Department of State’s ‘New Site Development Guide,’ click here.

The DOS mentions that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees selects most of our refugees.  Here is a flow chart from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement confirming that registration with the UNHCR is a first step.  But, please note that they are messing with the definition of a refugee when they say “war” makes one a refugee.  ‘Persecution’ makes one a refugee so just running from war and crime should not make one a legitimate refugee entitled to permanent resettlement.

The Open Borders Left wants every person on the move for any reason (including climate!) anywhere in the world to be considered a refugee! The Dems in the US want the reliable left-leaning  voters!




Now see some pages from the ‘New Site Guide:

These are the Nine Federal Resettlement Contractors (also known as “national volags”—ha! Voluntary Agencies that monopolize the program).




What does your town need to be a resettlement site:


Welfare, jobs, affordable housing, and citizen activists (Interfaith groups!) to smooth the way and silence the opposition!


By the way, under Obama, the DOS was identifying over 40 new sites.  We sure would like to know if the Trump DOS is still developing those sites!

You can find out if your town or city is already one of the hundreds of sites by clicking here.  If the Trump Administration slows the flow significantly (50,000-60,000 is NOT significant in my view!), then new sites need not be developed!

You can find your state refugee coordinator by clicking here.

My ‘Ten Things Your Town Needs to Know’ is here.

What do you do? The bottomline is this!

Either Trump and Congress rein-in the program (not seeing any serious effort yet) or you must fight at your local level to stop programs like those to expand low-income housing,  demand transparency in the resettlement process, expose corporations and politicians bringing in cheap labor, get a ‘welcoming’ mayor and council members unelected, oppose sanctuary city status, and oppose the work of so-called “interfaith” groups pushing diversity in your town. In other words—community organize!  I know—a tall order!

For new readers, this post is filed in our category ‘Where to find information’ which archives 541 previous posts! Happy reading!

11 Responses to “If your city has low income housing (or a greedy meatpacker nearby!) you could get refugees”

  1. tvfmontana said

    Missoula MT is pushing for affordable housing big time and it doesn’t have a meat packing plant but DOES have big hotels development.

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  5. Just another Special Interest WITH THEIR HANDS OUT !

    Most refugee agencies know to call their local housing authorities to find out about the availability of Section 8 vouchers (now called “Housing Choice Vouchers”) and rental units in public housing projects. (Find the phone number of your local public housing authority (“PHA”) at HUD PHA Contact Information.)

    But did you know there are many other providers of subsidized housing? A variety of federal programs give financial incentives to housing developers (both non-profit and for-profit) who agree to serve low-income populations.



    build and operate housing targeted to lower income people
    often provide services on-site
    are interested in tenants who come with case management support
    often have more affordable rents
    typically run well-maintained complexes
    How to find them:

    Contact the Community Development agency in your city (which may be called the Housing Department, the Community Development Department, the Planning Department or some combination of those words). This agency can give you a list of affordable housing projects they have funded. Also ask them for the names of the non-profit organizations which manage “affordable” housing in your area.
    If you can’t find the phone number for that agency in the phone book, look for it under “city agencies” on your city’s web site.
    Contact the HUD office for your area. There are HUD offices in eighty locations across the country. Phone numbers and website addresses can be found at disclaimer page. Call that office and ask who the local non-profit housing developers are.
    Look at the Web sites of some of the larger national organizations listed below. These groups may own and operate housing, may provide financing for other non-profit organizations that develop housing or may be an umbrella organization for housing non-profits.
    Mercy Housing, Inc.

    Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. / Neighbor Works – In the right column, select your state from the drop down menu in the “Neighbor Works Lookup” box and you’ll get a list of affordable properties they support in your area.

    Local Initiatives Support Corp.Visit disclaimer page

    National Low Income Housing CoalitionVisit disclaimer page

    What to do once you have identified the non-profit housing providers in your community:

    Call their offices and find out where their properties are located, how they lease properties (centrally or at each complex) and how much their rents are.
    Better yet, make an appointment and go visit! This will give you a chance to tell them about the refugee program. Let them know about the support services you provide to new arrivals and try to convince them that your clients would be good tenants. Take along a copy of our free brochure: A Landlord’s Guide to Renting to Refugees (scroll down to see publication).


    Privately-owned and managed, but tenants must meet low-income requirements.
    Do NOT require that your client have a Section 8 voucher
    How to Find Them:

    Go to HUD Project-Based Section 8Visit disclaimer page


    privately developed projects in which developer was given tax credits in exchange for setting aside units for low- and moderate-income renters
    typically are very nice complexes
    rents are generally affordable for families with less than 50% of the Area Median Income
    How to Find Them:

    These projects are funded through quasi-governmental State agencies known as State Housing Finance Authorities. Find yours at State Finance Authorities. Often state housing finance authority websites list properties they have financed.

    Some states and larger cities have created affordable housing programs that either subsidize rents or give developers incentives to set aside units for low-income families. Your state’s Housing and Community Development department (whatever it may be called, or wherever it may be located within state government) or your local housing department can get you information on those programs if they exist.

    Go to http://www.hud.govVisit disclaimer page and choose your state from the drop down menu in the box at the top right called “Information by State” Then click “Renting” in the left column. Scroll down to “Other Resources.”


    Members of churches may own or manage apartment buildings in your community. Try writing up a short paragraph asking for help finding housing for refugees. Then call the ministers or church secretaries and ask them to put it in their Sunday bulletin or monthly newsletter. Or make a presentation to one of their social service committees.
    Civic clubs — Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc. – may be able to help. Volunteer to give a speech at one of their meetings about the refugee program and include a request for assistance finding housing, paying for security deposits, etc.
    To read more strategies others have used to find affordable housing, download a copy of “At Home with Refugee Housing” or contact us to order a hard copy today.


  6. The real ‘affordable housing’ scam

    Millionaires living in subsidized apartments is only the most obviously perverse result of New York’s “affordable housing” efforts. Even if the city paid enough attention to enforce its own rules, the system would still be unfair.

    In his audit of 97 subsidized Mitchell-Lama developments, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found that, as of 2012, at least 230 tenants were pulling in $250,000 a year or more. One had an income of $1.4 million.

    It’s hard to blame anyone for not giving up a good deal on a New York City apartment, and these folks qualified back when they first got their places.

    In fact, many “affordable housing” programs — including ones Mayor de Blasio has been pushing — only test eligibility at the start: You can win the lottery and still keep rights to your apartment.

    Fine, Mitchell-Lama’s not meant to work that way; the city’s supposed to ask tenants to leave once their income exceeds 125 percent of the eligibility limit. Instead, the audit found, landlords usually just tack on surcharges of 5 to 50 percent. But it’s hard to blame them for gaming the system either: No one wants to lose a good tenant.

    Vicki Been, the Housing Preservation and Development chief, protests Mitchell-Lama “provides stable, affordable apartments to more than 100,000 New Yorkers, the vast majority of whom are low-income.”

    Lucky them — but most people in this city of 8 million find housing costs outrageous.

    The whole “affordable” game is only a gesture at satisfying that public fury. It never benefits more than the lucky (or connected) few who score one of these pads.

    What’s needed is fundamental change to make housing more affordable for everyone: sane zoning to allow more and faster building; wiser regulation that doesn’t drive up construction costs needlessly.

    City spending can help — for example, on faster mass transit, to allow practical commutes from now-remote neighborhoods.

    Even Mayor de Blasio admits that city-owned public housing is no solution; when he and his fellow progressives finally face the futility of their “affordable” schemes, maybe the city can turn to real answers. via @nypost


  7. IF ? WHERE have you been ?

    You are kidding us, right ?

    Three Decades of Politics and Failed Policies at HUD

    by Tad DeHaven


    Obama Admin Tells Landlords They Can’t Refuse To House Criminals via @dailycaller


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