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NY Awards $20M to Help Refugees Become Employed


New York State announced on Tuesday that $20 million has been awarded to 17 community-based organizations that help refugees become employed while adjusting to their new homes in New York. The Refugee Support Services Program, which is funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, continues to be a fundamental part of the state’s successful efforts to resettle refugees in communities across New York.

17 not-for-profit refugee services providers across the state were awarded funding to provide employment and transitional support services to help recently resettled refugees and their families adapt to life in the U.S. Recipients include:

New York City

Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York – NYC, $802,400

Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach Inc., $1,469,300

CAMBA Inc., $400,000

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Inc., $548,679

El Barrio’s Operation Fight Back Inc., $410,000


Long Island

Catholic Charities of Long Island, $288,500



Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York – Metro, $333,500


Capital Region

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Inc., $1,784,700

Albany County Opportunity Inc., $342,566


Southern Tier

American Civic Association Inc., $148,742


Western New York

Journey’s End Refugee Services Inc., $2,559,604

Jewish Family Services of Western NY – Buffalo, $2,724,000 

Jewish Family Services of Western NY – Niagara, $148,741


Finger Lakes

Catholic Charities Family and Community Services, $1,423,427

Rochester City School District, $1,000,000


Mohawk Valley

The Center, $1,560,000


Central New York

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, $4,055,841

New York State welcomed nearly 4,200 refugees or individuals on Special Immigrant Visas between October 2022 through September 2023, with most of these individuals resettling in communities upstate. These refugees included 991 from Afghanistan, 912 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 717 from Syria, 541 from Burma, and 122 from Colombia.

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