The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), under the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, provides funding for supportive services programs, including social services, cash assistance and medical assistance for refugees who are resettled through the US Reception and Placement (R&P) program under the US Department of State. ORR provides funding to state governments which contract with local refugee resettlement agencies to provide services. In cases where a state government does not wish to participate in these programs, ORR may provide the funding through alternate channels.
According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 45) 400.301, the Director of ORR is authorized to appoint a Replacement Designee to administer the provision of assistance and services to ORR-served populations when a state withdraws from the refugee resettlement program.Given the size Texas and the geographic spread of the refugee programs, the state was divided into four regions and two programs, and assigned six Replacement Designees (RRD).
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has selected four Regional Replacement Designees to administer the refugee resettlement program for the state of Texas, commencing operations on February 1, 2017. ORR has also chosen a Medical Replacement Designee (MRD) and a Designee for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program (URD). The organizations designated are:
- Region 1: Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Midland - International Rescue Committee (IRC)
- Region 2: Dallas, Fort Worth - Catholic Charities Fort Worth
- Region 3: Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio - Refugee Services of Texas - Austin
- Region 4: Houston - YMCA of Greater Houston
- MRD: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
- URD: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Replacement Designees make up the Texas Refugee Programs Coordinating Body and their partners are working to ensure that all ORR eligible populations have access to the critical resources needed to help them rebuild their lives in the Texas. STOR at YMCA of Greater Houston is the statewide database manager for all refugee services data collection.
Administration of Programs
Technical Assistance and Training
Technical assistance for local community stakeholders related to eligible populations, programs and available resources and to share information related to public benefits, community impact, collaboration and coordination.
Monitoring of Programs
West Texas Office for Refugees
International Rescue Committee, Inc.
(Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Midland)
Director of Refugee Services
North Texas Office for Refugees,
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
(Dallas, Fort Worth)