Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc

Humanitarian Housing for America’s Future with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Housing development

CPLC will combat refugee and asylee humanitarian crisis in US. Solution includes developing sustainable housing, providing comprehensive services while supporting resettlement efforts in US.

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Project Summary

This project responds to the refugee/asylum crisis in the US. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health study reports housing was a central importance to health and wellbeing and affected health through a range of pathways including affordability, suitability of housing in relation to physical/social aspects as safety, belonging, and security. Asylee’s reported that living in poor housing negatively affected their health. Improving housing quality, affordability and security leads to positive health and economic outcomes. Solution is a national development of multi-family housing apartments. Culturally and linguistically competent services will support workforce development, job readiness, ESL, financial education, immersion support, behavioral health and social adjustment. Proposed Results: 3,750 families having safe and affordable housing. 80% will gain skills and knowledge to find and retain employment, and 100% will receive support services. Households size will average six people for a total direct impact to 22,500 individuals in five years.

Problem Statement

CPLC is addressing needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and local communities impacted by this humanitarian crisis. Through a comprehensive housing model with significant supportive services, there is a solution to be shared to address housing insecurity, ramped nationalism and humanitarian community response to diversity.A continuing problem that has gained national prominence due to current political stances and rhetoric. Rampant violence, limited economic opportunity and lack of hope from other countries has led to staggering, increasing large groups arriving at US borders seeking asylum and devastating the immigration system. Overwhelmed Border Patrol-Ice officials are releasing migrant families without due process at churches, bus stops in border neighborhoods, which further create stressful environments for local communities. Adding gainful opportunities for crime, human trafficking and child exploitation.Currently, US politics are so bipartisan that immigration reform has not been successfully carried to both house and senate to create change. CPLC and partners have identified a solution based on experience and success around housing interventions reaching scale of success creating significant change for identified at-risk population. This approach leads to feelings of safety, security, relieves a level of hopelessness, re-establishes confidence, self-worth, empowerment and belonging. Implementation will focus on individual communities affected by refugees and asylum seekers across the country. Each community will realize successful outcomes and have leverage points consistent with collective impact outcomes. Each community will build on the other’s success; create recognition and acknowledgement by federal policy makers that will lead to comprehensive law reform of immigration and refugee policies.

Solution Overview

Solution is a national development of subsidized multi-family housing with a comprehensive cadre of supportive services delivered in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.Services offer the skills/tools to self-sufficiency in support to asylee resettlement and social adjustment efforts. Results: 3,750 families having safe and affordable housing through acquisition and rehabilitation of 1,500 housing units across the country of which 300 will have a subsidy but overall goodwill community engagement will affect the entire property; 3,000 individuals will gain skills and knowledge to find and retain employment, and 3,750 will receive support services. Project will serve 750 families per year for a minimum of 3,750 over a five-year timeframe. Typical family size is six for a potential impact to 22,500 individuals who we would be taking from subsidized public assistance model to self-sustainability. Solution approximate impact by these 3750 families1)Annual local taxable income in 5 years $585MM. With a local revenue tax at 10% $58MM and federal at 15% $87,7502)Average cost of federal and state programming per refugee per year is $32,500 a 5 year approximate savings of $109,387,500 (cost per students $44,000 per year). Just these two indicators present a significant opportunity for cost saving

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Project Funders

  • United Healthcare

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