Rep. Titus Announces $1.8 Million Grant to Catholic Charities for Refugee Resettlement

Feb 6, 2017
Press Release

February 6, 2017

Washington D.C.—Today Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District announced that Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada received a $1,844,300 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Wilson-Fish refugee resettlement program.

Catholic Charities will use the funds to offer intensive case management for special refugee populations and provide temporary refugee cash assistance for individuals or couples with no children. 

Single refugees receive $335 monthly and $450 per couple for the first 8 months after their arrival and rely on Catholic Charities to receive English language instruction, cultural orientation, food, clothing, secure housing, and furnishings.

“These funds will further the mission of Catholic Charities by increasing the resources available to help refugees overcome barriers to job placement, find employment, and achieve financial independence. Despite the rhetoric from President Trump, refugees flee their homes because of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion, or social status. The work of Catholic Charities and other organizations can be the difference between life and death for innocent men, women, and children around the world. ”

BACKGROUND

Refugees who arrive in Nevada will undergo a multi-step vetting process that includes screenings conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the United Nations. As the state’s refugee office, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada will pass funding to the other resettlement agencies: the Northern Nevada International Center and ECDC African Community Center.