In partnership with an invested community of organizations and faith-based congregations in the Greater New Orleans area, this project will cultivate individual and group community sponsors who can host and provide various forms of transitional support for forcibly displaced immigrants. Through this effort, the project aims to create welcome by connecting people and building inclusive community; supporting immigrants as leaders and stewards of opportunity for themselves; and improving access to safe housing, social support, and economic opportunity for those currently without access.
"New Orleans is a diverse refugee-friendly city with a history of resettling refugees that goes back to the 1970s when over 2,000 Vietnamese refugees were formally resettled under a community sponsorship model. The recent rapid expansion of detention centers and released detainees in Louisiana along with the migration of forcibly displaced immigrants to the Gulf South region is a call to action – urgently requiring the mobilization of community support systems for immigrant safety and welcome."
"Through inclusive community building and mobilization, this work will improve local capacity to meet the transitional needs of forcibly displaced immigrants in the Greater New Orleans area. This work will allow up to 50 forcibly displaced families a year to receive ‘bridge services’ of food, housing, and/or self-sufficiency support that they would not otherwise receive in order to live safer, healthier, and more dignified lives in our community."
"CSCF’s support will allow our community to coordinate and mobilize the immense interest in and capacity for support to forcibly displaced immigrants. This funding will allow our existing partnerships to develop into a formalized community support model that will allow effective integration for a sizeable number of forcibly displaced immigrants in the Greater New Orleans/Gulf South region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama."