How The Us’s Affordable Housing Shortage Is Affecting Afghan Refugees

The US has a shortage of 6.8 million affordable housing units nationwide as of March 2021. With more than 100,000 Afghan refugees expected to arrive over the next year, refugee resettlement agencies are already struggling to find them suitable homes. The Biden administration has made a $6.4 billion emergency funding request to Congress to support Afghan resettlement, but resettlement agencies need immediate space and funds, as hotels and Airbnbs are used in place of more permanent options. “Our clients are coming in with very limited means, and additionally, they don’t have a history here. So you’re scrambling in a housing market that’s tight for all Americans and really tight for low-income people,” said Alicia Wrenn, senior director for resettlement and integration at the refugee resettlement agency HIAS.

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