Lucky New Hampshire! Lutheran Refugee Agency Wants Single Afghan Men Sent to the State

In an article, one of MANY I am seeing, refugee contractors are complaining that they can’t find enough housing for the Afghan evacuees most states, including New Hampshire, are welcoming.

Ten days ago, I reported on the lack of affordable housing for Biden’s newest wave of ‘new Americans,’ see here:

Oh Joy! Just What America Needs—More Homeless People! Afghans this Time?

I found this particular story at the Concord Monitor interesting, and useful for readers, because it demonstrates the web of resettlement agencies and sub-agencies that may have you confused.

Agency struggles to find housing for Afghan evacuees coming to New Hampshire

The agency responsible for coordinating the arrival of Afghan evacuees to New Hampshire is struggling to find places for them to live just as they are set to arrive in the Concord area.

Memory lane! Ascentria (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England) made news here at RRW when its then new President and CEO, Angela Bovill stated publicly that refugee resettlement was a “business”—a business that needed federal cash to survive. We knew that, but it was a big deal when Bovill admitted it. Just checked their recent IRS Form 990*** and wow! Bovill pulls down an annual salary package of $300,000!  Doing well by doing good!  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2017/07/19/refugee-contractors-increasingly-admitting-they-cant-survive-without-your-money/

Crissie Ferrara, the program manager for services for New Americans at Ascentria Care Alliance, said a mother with five daughters will be moving soon, and likely staying with another family. Two individual men will also likely be arriving in Concord soon. Ferrara’s organization is responsible for finding housing for refugees and humanitarian evacuees, like the ones coming from Afghanistan.

Ferrara said that Ascentria has received an outpouring of support from people willing to share rooms in their homes with those coming from Afghanistan. Ideally, new families and individuals would be able to have the autonomy and independence of renting their own private housing, located near services in Concord.

The organization’s online form for landlords or property owners who want to provide housing to Afghan arrivals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts explains that independent affordable apartment housing options will be prioritized over people offering to host people in their homes.  [What the heck!  Let people take them to their homes!  After all, what could go wrong!—ed]

Ferrara said Ascentria has suggested that single men without family in the United States be sent to [white rural!–ed] New Hampshire first, including men who may have made friends with another individual during the eviction [evacuation?] process.  

There is more here.

See that there are additional ‘non-profits’ in on the action.

Use my search window for over two dozen post on New Hampshire—the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.

*** Most recent IRS Form 990 is here. Take a look at those salaries beginning on page 7!  As I have said before, tell your kids to grow up to be executives at non-profit do-gooder religious charities!

Oh Joy! Just What America Needs—More Homeless People! Afghans this Time?

“We also know without significant resources, there’s the real prospect of homelessness for some of these families.”

(Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President and CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah)

 

So what did they expect with Biden’s careless and illegal airlift of tens of thousands of needy Afghans!

Homeless in Sacramento, a top Afghan resettlement site! Will they soon be joined by Afghans?

 

How did they not see this coming?  From CNN no less:

Refugee groups race to find housing for 53,000 Afghan evacuees

(CNN)Refugee resettlement agencies*** are racing to find housing for the approximately 53,000 Afghans on military bases in the United States who will eventually be resettled in the country, but the groups are facing a strained — and expensive — housing market.

Every year, refugee agencies find houses or apartments for refugees to live once they’re admitted to the United States. It’s a cumbersome process that often happens months before a refugee arrives. But the frenzied evacuation of Afghans from Afghanistan has turned the process on its head, with agencies trying to find housing for refugees who are already in the US with limited funds.

Cry me a river!

“We’re expected as a resettlement agency to do the work over the next three to four months that we did over four years,” said Jenny Yang, senior vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief.

The difficulty is compounded by the fact that refugee agencies were already under strain after years of low admissions under the Trump administration, requiring them to close offices and lay off staff. That meant they also lost some existing relationships with landlords.

The federal government provides a one-time payment of $2,275 for each Afghan an agency serves, of which $1,225 is available for agencies to use for direct assistance like housing and basic necessities, including furniture and silverware. The other bulk of the money is used to cover administrative costs.  (Ha! Ha! That means money for the contractors—for salaries, office space, travel and so forth!—ed)

While outside help and donations might add to those funds, rent remains expensive. The national median rent rose to $1,302 in September, up 15% from a year ago, according to a report from Apartment List, a rental listing site.

It really doesn’t help their case that the CEO of the Lutheran contractor, Vignarajah pulls down a quarter of a million dollar a year salary!  Maybe she could take a pay cut in order to help more Afghans, or better still invite a few to live in her home. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2021/09/08/glenn-beck-praises-lutheran-refugee-non-profit-for-their-supposed-christian-charity-toward-afghan-evacuees/

“The housing crisis is essentially what Americans are experiencing but imagine approaching it when you don’t have a nest egg, you don’t have a safe income yet, you have no landlord references or history,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, a refugee resettlement agency.

So far, few Afghan evacuees have left the eight military installations that are being used to house Afghans while they finish processing, ranging from a couple dozen to a hundred a day, according to an administration official.

“It’s obviously going to need to be thousands of people moving off a week,” a senior administration official told CNN.

“We’re also cognizant of the fact that if we move people off too quickly before we have adequate housing and the other wrap-around services that people need set up that they could end up in a situation where they don’t succeed from the start in their new homes, so we’re trying to get the balance right.”

LOL!  I love how the Left always figures out a new way to say something for media consumption.

“Wrap-around services”=WELFARE!  Taxpayer funded welfare!

There is a lot more information in the CNN report, click here.

BTW, they will likely get their federal payola for housing the Afghans, but it will be to the detriment of low income Americans, minorities, the disabled, and young people getting started who will suffer from increased housing costs.

*** Here are the nine federally funded refugee resettlement agencies which have been begging for more clients (refugees) to fill their coffers.

By the way, I don’t know how it is even legal for them to be tasked and paid to resettle parolees—parolees are not legitimate refugees.

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The Middle East Moves to Michigan

First it was Iraqis and soon it will be Afghans who call Michigan home…

Michigan Live has done a very good job of analyzing refugee data and pointing out that Michigan is in the top five most ‘welcoming’ states in America when it comes to refugees, especially Muslims from the Middle East!

Michigan among top 5 states for most refugees in the last decade

Michigan received the fourth-most refugees of any state in the last decade.

Michigan admitted 30,467 refugees from 52 countries since 2010, according to the U.S. Department of State, and more than half immigrated from Iraq. Michigan was a top destination for refugees during a spike caused by the Iraq War, and the state is expected to be a key player in the effort to resettle refugees seeking a new start after the Afghanistan War ended last month.

Texas, California and New York were the only states to bring in more refugees since 2010. Texas nearly doubled Michigan’s total with 59,878 refugees.

Michigan ranked 11th in the country for refugees per 100,000 residents. Plains states — North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Idaho — led the nation in refugees per capita.

Five states during the last decade — Texas, California, New York, Michigan, and Arizona — received one-third of all refugees resettled nationwide.

There is much more about other states too.  This is a screenshot of an interactive map Michigan Live published. Go check it out.

One important point the Michigan story highlights is that refugees do move from where they were originally placed by a resettlement contractor.

They move to live with their own cultural groups, in other words, they move to be with their own kind of people.  It is funny that no one calls them racist for that!

So once an enclave has begun to build, it will grow.   Somalis to Minnesota is a case in point.

See my many posts on Michigan by clicking here.  (And please use my search window as a starting point for your research.)

If you missed it, see a succinct summary of how Biden’s first wave of Afghan  evacuees (they are not legitimate refugees) are being categorized and where they will be placed (Nayla Rush at the Center for Immigration Studies).

 

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South Dakota one of Four States that won’t get Afghan Evacuees (yet!)

“We had really significant concerns about our ability to provide the level of support to help make that integration successful.”

(Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen of Lutheran Social Services South Dakota)

 

Wow! I can’t believe a refugee contractor is actually telling the truth!  No, they don’t have the resources and neither does South Dakota or America for that matter!

I was amazed to see that the AP reporter actually remembered that Noem was one of the virtue-signaling Republican governors who told Donald Trump no thanks in 2019 when he tried to give the governors veto power to stop refugee resettlement in their state.

 

Republican Governor Kristi Noem will get the credit, or the blame, for blocking the Afghans depending on which side of the great divide one resides.

I had a couple of other things I had planned to write about today until I saw this AP story.

Both other possibilities are stories written by John Binder at Breitbart who is really on top of the news about the flood of ‘new American workers and voters’ Biden is pulling in from around the world.

Heck, they won’t have to cheat in elections once they change the electorate!

From AP (where they have gotten something right in their headline—these are mostly not refugees!):

South Dakota is 1 of 4 states not resettling Afghan evacuees

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is one of four states, along with the District of Columbia, that won’t be resettling any of the nearly 37,000 Afghan evacuees who made it to the U.S. during the final days of its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last month.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, which is the state’s refugee resettlement agency, decided not to accept any Afghans after weighing local conditions and its ability to resettle them.

Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, the group’s chief operating officer, said Thursday that those arriving from Afghanistan without special immigrant visas are currently not eligible to work or receive federal aid to help them resettle.

“We had really significant concerns about our ability to provide the level of support to help make that integration successful,” she said.

Kiesow-Knudsen said the agency was facing a “rapidly evolving situation” that could change depending on whether Congress decides to provide funding and work eligibility for evacuees who have not been granted refugee status.

How financially burdened will your state be?

The Biden administration this week began telling governors and state refugee coordinators how many Afghan evacuees they would receive.

The numbers ranged from more than 5,200 people who are headed to California to as few as 10 being resettled in Alabama and 10 in Mississippi.

South Dakota, along with Hawaii, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, are not expected to resettle anyone from the first group.  [Really those Libs in DC and in Hawaii should be rewarded with refugees and they almost never get any!—ed]

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem last month expressed reservations about accepting evacuees from Afghanistan. She told KSFY-TV, “We do not want them coming here unless we know they are an ally and a friend, and that they don’t want to destroy this country.”

Noem in 2019 decided to continue allowing refugees to be resettled in the state after former President Donald Trump attempted to allow states to opt out of the program.

Remember this.  In American anyone can move and that includes migrants of all stripes.  Afghans may be placed in most states but they won’t end up there. As tribal people, as soon as they can they will be heading to enclaves where other Afghans have settled because they will want to be with their own kind of people.

LOL! We should take bets on how quickly the Afghans get out of places like Vermont (brrr!) and even places like Minnesota where the territorial Africans (who don’t see the ‘joys of diversity’) will be making it hard on the Afghans.

Check out my archive on South Dakota, another state I visited on my 2016 road trip!

Top Ten States that have Rolled Out the Red Carpet for Afghan Refugees

US News has done a handy analysis you can read yourself.

Nearly 100,000 Afghans have been resettled in the US in two decades.

Here is a screenshot of the summary of where most of them went:

Interesting to see that Governors Kristi Noem (SD) and Mark Gordon (WY) have said no thanks.  However, they may soon learn they have no say in the matter.

Know that Wyoming is the only state in the nation that has never set up a refugee program.  

Go here to see the states where governors have remained silent on accepting Afghans.

It is really a moot point however, since it has been established that states cannot say no.  Trump attempted to give them that power, but almost all Republican governors rejected his plan.