Renting to Refugees: Information for Property Owners & Management Companies
Since the 1970s, resettlement agencies in Texas have supported and guided refugees through the process of transitioning to life in America. Operating as a one-stop center of services, agencies provide immediate aid to new arrivals, including food, shelter and financial assistance. Through a network of partners, staff, and volunteers, resettlement agencies offer access to tools of self-sufficiency, such as job placement and employment skills, clothing, education, English-language classes and cultural/community orientation. Housing is essential in this process and a collaborative approach to improving access to long-term housing solutions for refugees will develop more opportunities for families to become members of communities.
Refugees are men, women and children who have fled their home country as a result of political instability, armed conflict, persecution, or other acts of violence, and have crossed an international border to find safety.
To qualify for refugee resettlement in the U.S., a person must come from a country or belong to a group designated by the U.S. Department of State, according to an extensive vetting process.
Refugees have a proven history of perseverance and determination, becoming stable, long-term residents who positively contribute to the American economy. They are supported by agencies, at no cost to them or property owners, who function as focused guides, walking alongside them in attaining and maintaining stable and safe housing. This agency-based support offers unique advantages to both refugees and housing providers, streamlining and supporting the process.
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Yes - refugees are legally documented residents of the U.S. They are in the country legally, authorized to work, receive public benefits, and obtain a social security card after arrival. Below is an overview of refugee documentation to meet screening criteria needs.
|Rental Screening Criteria||Standard Documentation||Equivalent Refugee Documentation|
|Criminal History||Criminal Background Check||I-94 documents, visas, and/or Travel Documents prove that an individual has passed extensive background checks by six U.S. government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security prior to their U.S. arrival.|
|Ability to Pay Rent||Income Verification Credit Check||Refugees arrive with no credit history in this country. However, refugees are eligible for cash assistance programs designed to pay for housing costs. Agencies also assist with securing employment as soon as possible.|
|Rental History||Landlord Reference||Refugees have no rental history in the U.S. However, they go through orientation to teach them their responsibilities as residents.|
Contact Sahil Gilani with the Texas Office for Refugees