PITTSBURGH, PA (June 3, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative co-hosted a webinar last week called Renting to Refugees in Allegheny County, a session for landlords to learn about the opportunity to rent to refugees in partnership with refugee resettlement agencies. Twenty-four local landlords and counting have agreed to assist the families who are anticipated to join the Greater Pittsburgh community in the coming months.
The webinar was hosted in response to President Biden’s announcement that the United States will accept 62,500 refugees this year, including Pittsburgh as a resettlement destination. Refugees are people recognized by the United States government who have left their country and are unable to return to that country due to a well-founded fear of persecution.
Landlords were able to learn about refugees, how resettlement agencies help them establish themselves in communities across the United States and the opportunity to partner with agencies to offer safe, stable housing options in Pittsburgh. Landlords who are interested in working with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing for refugees can fill out this poll.
The webinar included representatives from local federally-recognized refugee resettlement agencies Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) and Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) as well as a representative from HUD. Additional partners include All for All, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, ANSAR, City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, Allegheny County Department of Human Services and CREATE Lab.
This announcement comes just days ahead of World Refugee Day on June 18 and Welcoming Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s World Square running June 11-13, celebrating all of Pittsburgh's neighbors with a showcase of businesses, artists, makers, performers, food purveyors and more from across various international communities in Market Square.