Volunteer Resource Center

Finding affordable housing

Finding stable and affordable housing is probably the number one thing a volunteer can do to help refugees succeed here. However, this is a very complicated and often frustrating process. More in depth information about how low-income housing works in Austin is here: How it works RST or Caritas will get refugees an apartment with…

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Legal help for tenants

How it works It’s possible that your refugee friends will find themselves in conflict with their landlord at some point. Some common problems are falling behind on rent, having more people in the apartment than they told the landlord, breaking the lease, living in substandard housing that the landlord refuses to address — especially bed…

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Setting up an apartment

How it works Furnishing an apartment before refugees arrive is often the way volunteers first meet refugees in Austin. All refugees being resettled in Austin come through either RST or Caritas. These agencies do this process differently and seek different levels of involvement from volunteers. RST RST tries to match new refugee families with “welcome…

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Helping with Organization

Most refugee families are new to the concept of bills and paperwork and have trouble keeping organized. It is very helpful to provide them with a file box and teach them how to file their papers. It’s very important to stress that they should keep all pay stubs and other important paperwork and not throw…

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