Has your city been chosen as a “preferred” resettlement site?

Savannah, GA: Hot new resettlement site when Atlanta suburbs went into overload? Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services benefited from federal grant for Savannah!

As I mentioned, I took some reading material with me when I was away last week and had a chance to make this list of “preferred communities” from the 2010 Annual Report to Congress from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the feds, a”preferred community” is one in which newly arriving refugees have the best opportunity for “self-sufficiency and integration.”  I look at the list and know that many of these cities are having big problems with refugees/immigrant joblessness and poverty, and lack of integration (assimilation!).

The grants for 2010 totaled nearly $6 million.  And, take note Wyoming, the grants did not go to the city or state, the grants went to the contractors, so they decide what is needed to smooth the way for refugees in your “welcoming” city! 

It strikes me that this is just one more excuse to funnel your tax dollars to a contractor.

Below are the cities that were “preferred” for both continuation grants and new grants in 2010 (from 2010 Annual Report).  Since my return I see that the Annual Report for 2011 is out, so I’ve added those cities in red.  Keep in mind that the ORR is always late in producing these reports, so by 2012 and 2013 surely they have added new cities to their “preferred communities.”

***Again, cities in red were added in 2011. This list gives you an idea of the cities being overloaded and that problems have developed.***

Bet you didn’t know your city was “preferred!”

Arizona:  Tuscon, Phoenix

California:  San Diego, Sacramento, Modesto, Walnut Creek

Colorado:  Denver, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Loveland

Connecticut:  Derby/Bridgeport, New Haven

District of Columbia

Florida:  Orlando, Clearwater

Georgia:  Atlanta, Savannah

Idaho:  Boise, Twin Falls, Treasure Valley

Illinois:  Chicago, Dupage/Aurora, Moline

Indiana:  Indianapolis

Iowa:  Des Moines

Kentucky:  Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro

Maryland:  Baltimore, Silver Spring

Massachusetts:  Springfield, Jamaica Plain, Worcester

Michigan:  Dearborn, Ann Arbor

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

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

Ohio: Cleveland, Columbus, Akron

Pennsylvania:  Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie

Rhode Island:  Providence

Tennessee: Nashville, Knoxville

Texas:  Fort Worth, Houston, Austin

Virginia:  Charlottesville

Washington:  Seattle, Richland

Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison

This was so much fun, I’ll see if I can find more recently designated “preferred” cities!

Today’s post is archived in our ‘where to find information’ category.

***Update***  Here you can see a list of new grantees. Note that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops gets nearly $2 million through 2016 for preferred communities, but no specific sites are listed (they probably don’t want you to know that your city is among the chosen!).

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