Housing Needs

Finding housing for our refugee-background families is one of our greatest challenges.

We are actively seeking property owners and landlords with availability and interest in renting to our newest neighbors.

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  • 1-4 Bedrooms
  • Rent between $1,000-$1,500
  • Close to public transit
  • Safe, sanitary

How can a refugee afford to pay rent?

Using their one-time governmental grant funds, Arrive Ministries case managers create a budget to pay for the security deposit, 1-2 months of full rent and 3-4 months of half rent. The family’s low-income assistance programs allow them to cover the other half during those months. Most families start to pay full rent on their own around month 5 or 6. This provides them with the needed time to connect with their job counselor and find employment.

How does a landlord best communicate expectations to a refugee renter?

We teach our families how to be good renters and take care of their homes. We also act as an advocate and liaison between families and property managers with maintenance issues and other needs. Often, this is due to language barriers. We will be available for the family and for you if any problems arise.

What are the benefits of renting to refugees?

Refugees have come from very difficult situations and are strong, determined, and hard-working people.  They are driven to create a safe and stable environment for their families.  This means they will do their best to be good renters who are respectful of property, neighbors, and property managers.

How do I conduct a background check on a refugee?

Although little information will show up on a conventional background check for refugees who are new to the country, refugees are thoroughly screened before entering the country. The U.S. State Department conducts a rigorous screening process of refugees  before being admitted into the U.S.

The fingerprints of applicants are screened against the FBI biometric database, the DHS biometric database (which includes watch-list information and previous immigration encounters in the U.S. and overseas), and the U.S. Department of Defense database, which includes fingerprints that are collected from around the world. In-person interviews are conducted with each refugee applicant before deciding whether to approve him or her for resettlement in the United States. All refugees undergo a health screening to identify medical needs and to ensure that those with a contagious disease do not enter the United States. Most refugees undergo a brief U.S. cultural orientation course prior to departure for the United States.