State Advisory Council - Open Public Seats
The State Advisory Council-Open Public Seat position
posted on October 19, 2021 is now closed. Please check back on this page for
future open positions.
If you have questions, please contact Lauren Kocher at (916) 767-7125 or Lauren.Kocher@dss.ca.gov.
California County Plans
For your information, these are the Refugee Services County Plans certified by the California Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau for Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.
This publication was created to emphasize the refugees’ positive impact on California and the United States, and to use as a tool to share accomplishments, best practices, obstacles, and information with stakeholders.
Refugees and other populations we serve greatly contribute cultural richness and economic growth to California and their local communities. They also provide us with a source of incredible and inspirational stories of struggle and success. This anecdotal information is shared with a significant number of stakeholders in California involved in resettling these populations through Reception and Placement.
As the housing market prices in California continue to increase, affordable housing can be challenging for low-income families, especially refugees. Affordable housing for refugees has consistently been voiced as a major concern by the Resettlement Agencies (RAs); therefore, the Refugee Programs Bureau researched some best practices for the RAs to use as tools to assist refugees to obtain affordable housing.
California Secretary of State - Reaching New Voters
The California Secretary of State office created this page, Reaching New Voters, to help people who are new to voting, or who will soon become eligible to vote, find basic voting information and materials in English and nine additional languages including: Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. Voter Education and Outreach Services are inviting organizations, schools, community colleges, businesses and agencies that serve the communities where these languages are spoken to join them in making this resource available to everyone they communicate with who might find it useful.
I-94 Form Automation Fact Sheet
In order to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admissions process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated Form I-94 at air and sea ports of entry. The paper form will no longer be provided to a traveler upon arrival, except in limited circumstances. The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document. If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 (record of admission) for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from the I-94 Form Automation Fact Sheet.
Somali Refugee Women's Health YouTube Videos
If you work with Somali refugee women, please take a look and share! The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has launched the following videos aiming to educate Somali refugee women about a variety of health topics. These YouTube videos can also be viewed from the ORR's Refugee Health website.
New Toolkit Developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center
PRM is pleased to announce the release of the Faces of Resettlement Toolkit to accompany the Faces of Resettlement video. Developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR) at the Center for Applied Linguistics, the toolkit is designed for use in outreach, training and cultural orientation with three audiences in mind: receiving community members, service providers and refugees. The toolkit provides step-by-step lesson plans for use during group viewings of the video. Through each lesson plan, participants engage in interactive exercises and thought-provoking discussions about refugees and their contributions to U.S. communities.
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