NYC to spend over $2M to help Ukrainian refugees with housing, legal aid

by Abdulhaqq Obisesan Oladimeji

New York City will provide more than $2 million in funding to Ukrainians escaping the Russian-Ukrainian war who are relocating to the five boroughs, Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday.

The money, set aside all currently residing and newly arrived Ukrainians, will help them get access to immigration legal assistance, translation services, and social services, city officials said.

Mayor Adams made the announcement at the steps of City Hall, saying, “We are with you. We stand with you. We support you — not only in words, but in deeds. We are allocating a $2 million allocation of funds for those who reside here and those who will be coming here as part of the refugee process.”

The financial assistance comes after the Biden administration announced that the United States will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression.

As for how the funds will be distributed, Anne Williams-Isom, deputy mayor for health and human services, said the city will work directly with Ukrainian community-based organizations.

“The city of New York continues to be proactive in supporting the Ukrainian communities here and abroad,” said Mayor’s Office of International Affairs Commissioner Edward Mermelstein. “This funding will be critical in providing important support to help people rebuild their lives across our five boroughs and we look forward to supporting these efforts.”

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