Boise, ID Plan for Refugee Resettlement Identifies Systemic Gaps for all Low-Income Populations
The City of Boise and the Idaho Office for Refugees convened a roundtable of community partners and resettlement agencies to understand the resettlement process, determine how refugees and resettlement agencies define successful resettlement, and explore opportunities to increase the services essential to that success. Boise’s Refugee Resource Strategic Community Plan identified and addressed issues faced by all lower-income populations – limited availability of affordable housing, limited public transportation options, lack of employment opportunities due to high unemployment, and barriers to access to health care and mental health services.
For more on Boise’s refugee resettlement efforts, view the March 2012 issue of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Newsletter. Also, view Boise’s video, “Refugee Community Allies.”