United Way of Hampshire County helping refugees become financially stable

Hampshire County

When moving here from a different country it’s hard for some to pay for housing.

The United Way wants to help. “Welcome Home Northampton” is a partnership between the city of Northampton, Catholic Charities and other nonprofits with the United Way.

It helps refugees coming to live in Northampton afford housing through the help of donations.

New this year, refugees will also be able to get assistance with dental care. The first year is covered by the “Welcome Refugee Settlement Fund.”

The goal is for refugees to be financially stable as soon as they move to the city.

Financial Director Bob Lapre of United Way told 22News, “The funding is for the refugees. A lot of that time they don’t have the money and it’s really helpful that the community comes together and makes those donations.”

“Welcome Home Northampton” has assisted 10 families in Northampton. Those 10 families are now permanently housed and many are employed.

A lot of the funding comes from Smith College and other local donors.

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