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Preferred Communities Programs


REA - Refugee Entrance Assistance


Gezim Jimmy Dervishi

Director of Resettlement

The PC REA Program, which stands for "Program for Refugees, Asylees, and Other Vulnerable Populations," is a vital initiative that provides comprehensive support to a wide range of vulnerable immigrant populations in the United States. The program is designed to assist individuals who have fled persecution, violence, or other hardships in their home countries and have sought refuge in the United States.

Here are the key aspects of the PC REA Program:

Targeted Populations Served

The PC REA Program extends its services to various immigrant groups, including but not limited to:

  • Refugees: Individuals who have been granted refugee status due to a well-founded fear of persecution.

  • Asylees: Those who have been granted asylum in the United States based on persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries.

  • HHP (Humanitarian Parolee) and UHP (Urgent Humanitarian Parolee): Individuals granted parole into the United States for humanitarian reasons.

  • Survivors of Human Trafficking: Individuals who have been victims of human trafficking and are eligible for certain forms of immigration relief.

  • SIVs (Special Immigrant Visa holders): Afghan and Iraqi nationals who have worked alongside the U.S. government and have been granted special immigrant visas.

  • Cuban/Haitian Parolees: Individuals granted parole status from Cuba or Haiti.

  • Afghan Parolees: Afghan nationals granted parole status in the United States.

Program Services

The PC REA Program assigns caseworkers to assist clients in navigating various aspects of life in the United States, with a particular focus on healthcare and integration:

  • Healthcare Navigation: Caseworkers help clients make medical appointments, obtain referrals to specialists, arrange transportation for medical visits, and connect clients with mental health providers and services.

  • ESL Classes: Assistance is provided to help clients enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to enhance their language skills and facilitate integration.

  • Resource Referrals: Clients are connected with various assistance services and resources to meet their specific needs.

  • Benefits Application: The program helps eligible clients apply for crucial benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), In-Home Support Services (IHSS), and CAPI (Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants).

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the PC REA Program, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Must belong to one of the specified immigrant categories (refugee, asylee, SIV, etc.).

  • Must not be a U.S. citizen.

  • Must have been in the United States for less than 5 years.

  • Additionally, clients must demonstrate extra vulnerabilities such as medical needs, disability or chronic illness, single parenthood, LGBTQIA+ status, elderly status, secondary migration, caregiver responsibilities (e.g., caring for a disabled child), mental health issues, or having been victims of torture, domestic violence, or gender-based violence.


Ukrainian Humanitarian Parole Program 


Gezim Jimmy Dervishi

Director of Resettlement

The Ukrainian Humanitarian Parole Program is committed to standing with Ukrainian refugees, offering them the support, resources, and guidance they need to build a brighter future in the United States.




 Providing support to clients in securing stable housing by assisting with rent payments, helping clients with essential utility and other bills to ensure they can maintain their living arrangements, Ensuring that clients have access to sufficient and nutritious food to meet their basic needs.


ASA - Afghanistan
Support and Assistance


Gezim Jimmy Dervishi

Director of Resettlement

The ASA3 Program, which stands for "Afghanistan Support and Assistance - Phase 3 Program," is a vital initiative aimed at providing comprehensive support to Afghan individuals who have arrived in the United States as regular refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, parolees, or asylees. This program focuses on conducting thorough financial assessments to address four essential areas of assistance: rent, bill, medical bill, and food assistance. The ASA3 Program primarily serves Afghan individuals who have arrived in the United States after July 31, 2021, under various immigration statuses, including regular refugees, SIV holders, Parolees, and Asylees.

Financial Assisting

The program conducts a detailed financial assessment of clients to determine their needs in four key areas:


Rent Assistance

Providing support to clients in securing stable housing by assisting with rent payments.

Program Duration and Self-Sufficiency Goals:

The ASA3 Program has a duration of 90 days, during which clients are provided with the necessary assistance to help them achieve self-sufficiency. The goal is to empower clients to become financially stable and independent within this timeframe.

Referral to PC-ICM Program:

After the 90-day period, if clients are unable to attain self-sufficiency, they can be referred to the PC-ICM (Program for Refugees, Asylees, and Other Vulnerable Populations - Individual Case Management) program. This referral ensures that clients continue to receive essential support and services tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.

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