CWS Receives Donations from Union Congregational Church

Representatives from Church World Service (CWS), Jersey City, Housing Team were honored guests at Union Congregational Church on Sunday, October 8th, during their worship service. They took the opportunity to share the mission behind their work in support of refugees. In an inclusive activity, children in attendance were educated on the importance of helping those in need. Each child placed …

The CWS’s role and responsibilities

CWS will match refugees with available housing units that meet their needs and government standards. Support clients in the leasing process. Teach clients about terms and rules of lease agreements, including when and how to pay rent. Coach clients on their responsibilities under lease agreements while respecting clients’ self- determination and decision making. Provide household supplies and furnishings for clients. …

Benefits of renting to refugees

Gain access to qualified potential tenants, which can contribute to fewer vacancies and shorter vacancy periods. Clients receive initial financial support from the CWS local resettlement office. Tenants have access to case management support and interpretation services. Tenants understand a lease, and understand their obligations related to maintenance, payments, security deposit, etc. In the event of a misunderstanding or concern, …

How do refugees pay rent and what documentation can refugees submit with their rental applications?

Refugees demonstrate perseverance and determination. They repeatedly show strong desire to create healthy homes and prosperous futures. Refugees are culturally diverse and capable community members who are eager to establish themselves in and contribute to American society. Refugees do not arrive in the US with the documentation the average American has, such as a Social Security card, credit/rental history and …

How does CWS help newly arrived refugees and other displaced people?

The CWS provides case management services to newly arrived refugees starting at the airport pick up. Initial services include housing, furnishings, food, clothing, community orientation, enrollment of school- aged children, and referrals to other ongoing services for refugees’ first 30 to 90 days in the U.S. Refugees acquire the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to life in the United …

CWS Transforms Lives: A Refuge of Hope for Tony and His Family

By Susy Tejeda, New Jersey In the face of fear for his pregnant wife’s safety and the well-being of his young daughter, Tony embarked on a journey of uncertainty, armed only with his meager savings and the hope for a better life. Uncertain of his destination and without a fixed return date, his path led him to the United States, …

Tenant Toolkit

This comprehensive tool put together by Refugee Housing Solutions for housing providers contains key information and resources on renting to refugees, including the resettlement process, support available to refugees when renting, FAQs, and more.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on fair housing issues

This document addresses frequently asked questions regarding fair housing issues related to exceptions to credit check policies and occupancy limits, affirmative marketing, and language access. It explores topics related to fair housing opportunities and how these policies are applied in various situations. It hopes to address some of the concerns that landlords and property management companies have in regard to …

Afghan refugee and parolees FAQ housing providers and fair housing

The U.S. federal government is assisting Afghan arrivals with resettlement support services as they begin to rebuild their lives in the United States. These FAQs are intended to answer questions that landlords and property managers may have about the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights requirements as they consider participation in OAW.

Truth in renting

The Department of Community Affairs has provided this guide to the rights and responsibilities of residential tenants and landlords in New Jersey.