WASHINGTON - Today, We Are All America, a national refugee organizing coalition, is pleased to announce the launch of the Afghan Community Housing and Welcoming Navigator pilot program. The program will operate in Florida, California and Arizona to empower Afghan community leaders to act as Community Navigators to support incoming Afghan refugees in accessing housing and crucial resources to ensure smooth transitions for those newcomers. The pilot program will also empower Afghan leaders to advocate for their own communities at the local, state, and national level. The pilot program launches with the generous support of the Welcome Fund, an initiative of Welcome.US.
“Our communities are eager to welcome our Afghan neighbors,” said Basma Alawee, national campaign manager of We Are All America. “Our community navigator model will go a long way to address systemic relocation, resettlement and housing challenges by equipping eager residents with the tools they need to educate themselves and incoming Afghan refugees about the new environment in which they live, including how to find crucial resources needed to thrive in the United States. We are grateful to our colleagues at Welcome Fund, an initiative of Welcome.US, for ensuring this crucial work moves forward.”
As part of the pilot launch, We Are All America is hiring three Afghan Refugee Housing and Welcoming Community Navigator positions, based in Florida, California and Arizona respectively.
We Are All America, a refugee organizing coalition housed under the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA). We Are All America works to uphold and strengthen our nation’s commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety and refuge in the United States. We organize people across religious and cultural differences to build inclusive communities where we all belong. In addition to NPNA, We Are All America's national partners include Alianza Americas, Church World Service, Human Rights First, International Rescue Committee, Refugee Congress, the Refugee Advocacy Lab, Refugee Council USA, and Welcoming America.