New York state is receiving $21.4 million from the federal government to help with the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees who have left their country following the invasion by Russia earlier this year.
The money will be sent to 17 refugee services providers in New York to aid displaced Ukrainians who are living in the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday.
"We are proud to continue to welcome those who have been forced to flee their homeland by the ongoing and unjust violent attack by Russia," Hochul said. "As the home to the largest Ukrainian population in the United States, New York will remain unwavering in our support of the people of Ukraine. This federal funding is crucial to enabling refugee services providers to properly assist Ukrainian families as they adjust to a new life here in New York State."
About 75,000 people have come to the U.S. from Ukraine since the start of the invasion earlier this year, with about 14,000 refugees living in New York thrhough the federal government's program. The program from the federal government is meant to provvide an early stages pathway for refugees and their family members to remain in the U.S. for up to two years.
Money for support services will be used to aid existing programs through Uniting for Ukraine. That includes employment assistnace, case management and skills training.
"New York has long been a beacon of hope for those fleeing persecution and displaced by war throughout the world," said Daniel Tietz, the commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. "This funding will help ensure that those who have arrived from Ukraine will have the resources they need to find safety and stability. The organizations receiving funding have years of experience successfully helping refugees and immigrants to adapt to a new home and thrive as part of the community and we are grateful for their efforts."