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Agency and legislative leaders are praising refugee service providers, urging passage of Ukraine New Neighbors Fund

At a special event held in Pittsburgh on May 12, the Department of Human Services (DHS) recognized the critical work done by refugee resettlement service providers who support refugees and resettlement in Pennsylvania. Acting Secretary Meg Snead joined Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, Senator Lindsey Williams, leadership from the JFCS and other refugee resettlement service providers to stress the need for support from legislators to be able to assist individuals displaced from Ukraine.

State Senator Lindsey Williams sponsors a bipartisan bill that would allocate $2 million to the state’s Refugee Resettlement Program and distribute it to DHS’s contracted providers.

“The refugee service contractors here today have been doing the hard work of helping these families who are fleeing unimaginable danger find their footing here in Pittsburgh. The $2 million in state funding made available through my legislation would give these service contractors the flexibility and the funding that they need to meet the immediate needs of Ukrainian refugees as they arrive here in Pennsylvania, and to continue to assist them as they begin to heal and rebuild from the trauma they’ve experienced,” said Senator Williams.

To learn more, visit PA.gov.