HIAS New York
Who We Are
HIAS New York opened as a local affiliate of HIAS in April 2015 to provide direct resettlement services to refugees and other humanitarian migrants. Building on over 135 years of experience and expertise in welcoming newcomers, HIAS New York has resettled hundreds of refugees in New York City, and provides initial resettlement, case management, social adjustment, ESL tutoring, employment counseling, job placement, career and other vocational training services to refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs: click here more information).
Our dedicated staff are experienced professionals in the field of resettlement and represent the diversity of the communities we serve, with language proficiency in Russian, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Spanish, Arabic, French, and Hebrew. Several members of our staff are former refugees and asylees, and know firsthand the challenges faced by our clients today in adjusting to life in a new country.
As an affiliate of the sole Jewish refugee resettlement agency, HIAS New York is proud to implement HIAS’ mission of welcoming the stranger and protecting the refugee regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.
What We Do
HIAS New York provides direct services to refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs) and other humanitarian migrants, with the goals of successful integration into the community and facilitating self-sufficiency. Learn more on HIAS’ Resettlement page.
HIAS New York currently operates a number of federal, state and city programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the State of New York, and the New York City Council and through private support.
HIAS New York aligns its direct services with HIAS' signature approaches in order to provide support to refugees as they begin their lives in the United States
Reception and Placement Program (R&P)
HIAS New York, in cooperation with the U.S Department of State’s Refugee Admissions Program, offers eligible refugees assistance through the Reception and Placement Program (R&P). Each refugee admitted to the United States, is sponsored by a non-profit national resettlement agency, such as HIAS Inc., which then assigns refugees to local resettlement affiliates like HIAS New York for comprehensive pre-arrival and post-arrival services. This includes facilitating appropriate housing, furnishings, food and seasonal clothing upon arrival, airport pick up, assistance with urgent medical and other needs, enrollment in English language and employment programs, for adults and schools for refugee children applying for Social Security cards and social programs, providing cultural orientation, facilitating a refugee health screening, and many more. The R&P period lasts between 30 to 90 days after arrival.
The Refugee Health Promotion (RHP) program is designed to promote the health, literacy and overall well-being of refugees through grants provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to states; HIAS New York receives RHP funding from the State of New York.Through the RHP program, HIAS New York supports refugees by providing opportunities to increase health literacy and access to health and emotional wellness services. In addition to providing education in this area, HIAS New York assists refugees in coordinating their health care services and ensuring continuity of care. As well, HIAS New York organizes wellness groups on topics such as women’s reproductive health and workshops on childhood development. This ensures all refugees have adequate knowledge of and access to allowable health services.
The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program (NYSESRP) is focused on case management services to refugees, Special Immigrant Visa holders and asylees. Through NYSESRP, HIAS New York provide this population with services including case management and employment services. If needed, NYSESRP clients are connected to English language classes or tutoring, assistance with health and medical services, and post-employment services. This works to assist eligible individuals and families in attaining economic and social self-sufficiency.
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Matching Grant (MG)
The Matching Grant (MG) program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, functions as an alternative to public cash assistance by providing individualized and specialized services to refugees and asylees upon their arrival to the United States or grant of asylum. With an emphasis on rapid employment and attaining economic self-sufficiency within the first 180 days in the program, HIAS New York provides case management services to ensure basic necessities such as access to housing, food, medicine and transportation, are all met in preparation for full employment.
Refugee Social Services Program (RSSP)
As a sub-grantee of its long-term partner, Shorefront Y, HIAS New York assists refugees and their families in achieving economic and social self-sufficiency through the Refugee Social Services Program (RSSP)HIAS New York focuses on employment preparation and job placement services and provides additional case management, interpretation/translation, career mentorship and other support to eligible program participants. RSSP program is funded through the State of New York by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
American Futures is an employment program in partnership with Uniqlo, a major retailing company with 2,000 stores worldwide. Through this program, Uniqlo employs refugees in part-time jobs for approximately six months. This part-time employment is complemented with access to formal education to develop their English fluency skills, knowledge of customer service, and improve their financial literacy skills, including cash management. For more information on this program click, here.
Working in close collaboration with HIAS’ legal and pro-bono teams in New York, HIAS New York staff facilitates adjustment of status and naturalization applications for its current and former clients. HIAS New York staff who are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) are authorized to provide assistance with certain immigration applicants under the supervision of immigration attorneys.
Partnerships & Volunteer Services
The Partnerships & Volunteer Services (PVS) program is a holistic method of providing extended services to clients, complementing HIAS New York’s refugee resettlement programs and the legal services program in New York. PVS provides English tutoring, career mentorship, and interpretation and translation, and builds partnerships to enhance services and promote refugee integration. Click here to learn more. These partnerships serve to support clients through in-kind donations in the form of electronics, clothing, housing necessities, and free tickets to local activities. These partnerships also include working with community-based organizations and corporate partners.
Our volunteers are invaluable in helping to welcome recent arrivals as they begin their lives as New Americans. Your expertise, interests, and commitment can help refugees build a new life, achieve their goals, and feel at home in their new community. HIAS New York offers many ways for community members to get involved. We have opportunities to fit your individual availability. Find out more about volunteer opportunities in your area here.
To learn more about HIAS New York and its programs, please call us at (212) 967- 4100.