Reception & Placement (R&P) Program Grant
The Reception & Placement (R&P) Program Grant is intended to provide partial coverage of refugees’ expenses during and immediately following resettlement and placement in the United States. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (DOS/PRM), this grant covers basic necessities and core services upon resettlement. Its ultimate goal is to help refugees attain economic self-sufficiency through employment as soon as possible following their arrival in the United States ideally within 30-90 days.
Resettlement agencies must provide a number of services to new refugees under the stipulations of the R&P Grant. They must provide transportation from the airport to adequate housing. Housing must be safe, sanitary, affordable, accessible, and properly furnished, with sufficient space for each occupant. Upon arriving at the house or apartment, refugees receive a culturally appropriate, ready-to-eat meal, as well as enough food for one day before food stamps will be used. Agencies must also provide seasonal clothing, access to a health assessment, and reception services, which include intake and orientation, referrals, and home visits within specified time frames following arrival.
For more information please visit the Department of States’ Refugees, and Migration (DOS/PRM)’s website at http://www.state.gov/g/prm/index.htm or visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website at http://www.usccb.org/mrs/.