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Poster: Housing in the United States

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Center
Date: October 14, 2019
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Housing Orientation, Landlords
Housing in the United States varies greatly depending on your location, specific family considerations, and what is available when you arrive. This poster describes different types of housing, provides visuals on what your new home might look like, and details the responsibilities of tenants and landlords, and information you will need to sign a lease. 
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Tip Sheet: You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Author(s): U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date: June 10, 2019
Topic(s): Housing, Safety
Subtopic(s): Housing Orientation
This fact sheet covers the following guidance for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning: Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. Do install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home. Check or replace the battery when you change …

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Tool or Template: Service Request Form for Tenants

Author(s): City of Toronto
Date: May 18, 2018
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Housing Orientation, Landlords
This visual guide uses pictures and words to help renters communicate with landlords about issues with the condition of their apartment or house (such as plumbing problems, no or low heat, broken windows or doors, broken kitchen appliances, electrical issues, pests, etc.). It can also be used as a helpful tool to learn English vocabulary …

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Guide: Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants

Author(s): U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Date: December 21, 2017
Topic(s): Adult Education, Employment, Financial Capabilities, Health, Housing, Immigration Legal Needs, Safety
Subtopic(s): Adjustment of Status, Citizenship, Emergency Preparedness, English Language Skills, Healthcare, Higher Education, Landlords
This guide includes practical information to help New Americans settle into everyday life in the United States. It also contains basic civics and know your rights (KYR) information. Topics include: Federal Departments and Agencies The United States Today Federal Holidays Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Maintaining Your Permanent Resident Status …

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Guide: A Rainbow Retrospective: Reflecting on best practices and successes from the field

Author(s): Heartland Alliance
Date: July 10, 2013
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement, Employment, Housing, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): Partnerships
This guide includes information on creating safe spaces, forming community, collaborating with external partners, case management services, housing, employment, leveraging support from LGBTQI+ communities, and engaging communities of faith.
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Tip Sheet: Housing and Community Integration

Author(s): Mercy Housing
Date: August 13, 2009
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Housing
This tip sheet describes how housing and community integration mesh and build on one another. It provides suggestions to help encourage integration in refugee housing environments. The tip sheet discusses why community engagement is important in the context of refugee housing, who should be involved in community integration, and how community integration affects refugee housing …

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Tip Sheet: Carbon Monoxide Safety During a Power Outage

Author(s): Seattle Office of Emergency Management
Date: August 20, 2007
Topic(s): Housing, Safety
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
This multilingual resource, developed by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, can be shared with clients to support with emergency preparedness. It covers the following information regarding carbon monoxide safety during a power outage: If you do not have electricity, prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  ONLY use a generator outside and away from open windows and …

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Guide: Resource Guide for Serving Refugees with Disabilities

Author(s): U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
Date: July 30, 2007
Topic(s): Adult Education, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Cultural Awareness, Employment, Housing
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education, Child and Youth Wellbeing, Employment Rights
This guide includes checklists, tips, and further resources for use by refugee service providers working with disabled clients, including older refugees. It covers adults and children with disabilities as well as housing, employment, transportation, and social services considerations.
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Guide: Please Repair – An Illustrated Guide

Author(s): Mercy Housing
Date: October 20, 2006
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Housing Orientation, Landlords
Renters and landlords need to effectively communicate about repairs! This illustrated housing repair guide aims to help refugees and other renters with limited English communicate repair requests in a way that is understood by property managers. It is designed to be printed double-sided, except the “Report Immediately” page which should be printed single-sided and on …

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Tip Sheet: HUD-Subsidized Refugee Residency Requirements

Author(s): Mercy Housing
Date: October 18, 2006
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Federal Housing Programs
A frequent question from resettlement agencies is: Do refugees need to have a Social Security Card to be eligible for Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-subsidized Housing? The short answer is no; however, some subsidized housing providers are not aware that there are acceptable substitutes for a Social Security Card. This fact sheet will identify alternative …

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