Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Wilson/Fish Program

To develop alternative projects which promote early employment of refugees, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, and certified victims of a severe form of trafficking.

States, voluntary resettlement agencies, and other resettlement organizations may develop innovative
approaches for the provision of refugee cash and medical assistance, otherwise available through the State-administered program.

The purpose of the Wilson-Fish program is to provide integrated services that include cash assistance, medical assistance and other related services described above in order to increase refugees' prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency, reduce their level of welfare dependence, and promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and services providers.

In addition, the WF program allows ORR to ensure that refugee assistance programs exist in every State where refugees are resettled.

Projects must serve all eligible refugees in a community.

There are two categories for applications.

Category one provides an opportunity for an applicant to continue the provision of refugee program services and assistance in a State when th