The Linking Communities Project

As states and localities have experienced high unemployment rates and budget deficits, some communities have begun to question the costs of resettlement and oppose the arrival of new refugees. These concerns are exacerbated by fear of the impact that culturally and religiously different newcomers will have on a community’s established way of life.

To combat anti-refugee sentiment, HIAS and several partners created the The Linking Communities (TLC) Project: Creating Welcome for Refugees. The project provides funding to local groups to support innovative initiatives that highlight the benefits of refugee resettlement to local communities and promote better understanding.

Ohio and Pennsylvania were selected as the pilot states for the project based on their history of resettlement, diversity of communities that resettle refugees (from large cities to relatively small towns), and political diversity. We are pleased to take this project into a second year by building on and leveraging the existing work and expanding into North Carolina and Texas. PROJECT TIMELINE

Our partners for this project are the Center for Applied Linguistics, Church World Service, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and World Relief. We work closely with Welcoming America and Refugee Council USA. TLC Project Partners and Resources