Gov. Cox provides an update on Afghan arrivals to kick off ‘Afghan Day on the Hill’

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2022) — As we speak Gov. Spencer J. Cox kicked off ”Afghan Day on the Hill” by saying that almost all the 900 Afghans assigned to Utah for resettlement have arrived. He known as on Utahns to assist safe long-term housing for the ultimate 220 people which might require 50 models.

“We acknowledge the housing challenges being felt all through the state,” stated Gov. Cox. “We additionally know that having a secure and safe place to stay is a essential want for Afghans constructing a brand new life in Utah. Our purpose is to have everybody housed by the tip of March.”

With the preliminary part of resettlement full, efforts will shift in direction of part two, which incorporates training, coaching and employment. Utah’s resettlement businesses and the state’s Refugee Providers Workplace are collaborating to make sure households have what they want for kids to achieve success, together with homework assist and mentors. A number of the $1 million raised by means of the Utah Afghan Group Fund has already helped buy laptops and cellphones for brand spanking new households. 

“The Afghans now in Utah had been essential allies to the U.S. authorities in Afghanistan and so they convey a bunch of skills, skills and life expertise to our labor pressure,” stated Gov. Cox. “They arrived in Utah with permission to work and we’re serving to them safe good jobs. They are going to be an exquisite addition in filling a lot wanted vacancies within the state.”

A number of payments working their approach by means of the legislature will assist assist Afghan arrivals together with H.B. 163, which would offer entry to translation so Afghans can receive their driver’s license, a device that may impression their choices for employment and common transportation. Gov. Cox recommended legislators for his or her willingness to tackle points impacting not solely Afghan arrivals but additionally refugees coming to the state.

Preliminary estimates for Afghan arrivals elevated to simply over 900 on account of case dimension fluctuation (the variety of folks arriving in a bunch), folks with connections to Utah selecting to resettle right here and walk-ins who make their solution to Utah on their very own. Gov. Cox urged anybody with housing availability to ship a message to refugeehousing@utah.gov. 

Study extra about wants and alternatives for assist at:

Utah Refugee Providers Workplace

Catholic Group Providers of Utah 

Worldwide Rescue Committee

Obtain a replica of this press launch right here.

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