The Refugee Resettlement Program, which is housed in the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Multicultural Affairs, helps refugee families attain economic independence and cultural adjustment as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States. Funding for the Refugee Resettlement Program is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement
Refugees determined ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and MaineCare may be eligible for Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) for up to eight (8) months from the date of arrival in the U.S., date of final grant of asylum for asylees and date of certification for trafficking victims. Cash and Medical Assistance funds also pay for the medical screening costs for refugees through the Maine CDC’s Public Health Nursing Program, so that contagious diseases and medical conditions that may be barriers to refugees are identified and treated.
The Refugee Social Services program supports employability services and other services that address participants’ barriers to employment such as social adjustment services, interpretation and translation and English Language Learning (ELL). Employability services are designed to enable refugees to obtain jobs within one year of becoming enrolled in services. Service priorities are (a) all newly arriving refugees during their first year in the U.S. who apply for services; (b) refugees who are receiving RCA and TANF (c) unemployed refugees who are not receiving RCA and TANF and (d) employed refugees in need of services to retain employment or to attain economic independence.
Refugee Social Services is administered under contract by Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigration Services.