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Refugee resettlement groups seek summer homes to house families this winter

Paratroopers from XVIII Airborne Corp continue to support the Non-combatant Evacuation (NEO) mission in Afghanistan, August 21, 2021. The XVIII Airborne Corp units: 44th Medical Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, The 16th Military Police Brigade, and 35th Signal Brigade continue to safely evacuating American citizens and designated Afghans from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The Department of Defense is supporting the Department of State in evacuating U.S. civilian personnel, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan as quickly and safely as possible.
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More than 70,000 evacuated Afghanistan following the U.S. military withdrawal in August.

Summer homes on the South Coast could house Afghan refugee families this winter.

Amid a housing shortage in the region, refugee resettlement agencies have struggled to secure places for incoming families to live.

Helena DaSilva Hughes runs New Bedford’s Immigrant Assistance Center, which is working to resettle a handful of families in the area. She said people who own summer homes on the South Coast could help by renting out their houses for the winter months.

“There are a lot of empty homes in the winter,” said DaSilva Hughes. “To me it just makes sense to utilize those empty homes to house these families.”

DaSilva Hughes said the rentals would be temporary. “At least by giving six months, it will give us time to find some more permanent housing.”

She added that interested homeowners should contact the Immigrant Assistance Center.

Daniel Ackerman has left CAI.
In his time at the station he reported on the South Coast. He came to the station from Minnesota Public Radio, where he reported on science and the environment. Daniel has produced audio documentaries on a motley mix of topics, from the science of sewage to the history of automobile license plates. He holds a PhD in climate change ecology from the University of Minnesota. Daniel was a 2021-22 Report For America corps member.