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Refugee and Entrant Assistance - Wilson/Fish Programs Benefits

Program Description

The purpose of the Wilson/Fish Alternative Program is to provide integrated services and cash assistance to increase refugees (and other Office of Refugee Resettlement populations) prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency. The program also aims to reduce their level of welfare dependence and promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and services providers.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a refugee who was granted asylum and is now a U.S. citizen. You must also be of Amerasian, Cuban, or Haitian heritage, or a victim of trafficking.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) currently funds 13 Wilson/Fish programs that operate throughout twelve states: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, plus San Diego County, and California.

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