Housing for New Arrivals: LSS of MN works to ensure safe, stable housing for all newly-arrived families and individuals, including those recently from Afghanistan. While we've heard reports in the media that a number of newly-arrived Afghans have begun to experience eviction concerns, that is not the case with the approximately 50 Afghan households we have supported in their resettlement to Minnesota, thanks to the incredible efforts of community partners and generosity of volunteers and donors. LSS Refugee Services works closely with new arrivals to help them gain employment and understand their leases, and provides other supports that help assure their stability. For more information about how LSS Refugee Services supports new arrivals, please visit our services for refugees web page. Learn how you can support refugees here.
Minnesota has a long and proud tradition of helping refugees find safety and establish new lives in our community, dating back to World War II.
Today’s refugees come from many parts of the world, including Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Somalia. While the countries change over the years, the human needs are the same. Refugee families we serve have escaped war, religious persecution and violence in their homes — living through what most of us could not imagine, including starvation, desperation in refugee camps and sickness with limited to no medical care.
When refugees arrive in Minnesota, they come with very little — usually what they can fit in a suitcase and the clothes they are wearing. They need a place to live, a job to sustain their families and emotional support to recover from losses and traumatic experiences they have endured.
For more information or to learn how you can help refugees:
LSS Refugee Services
Minneapolis: 2400 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | 612.879.5258
St. Cloud: 2835 W St. Germain Street, Suite 550, St. Cloud, MN 56304 | 320.251.7700