A new home and a dream come true for a refugee family in Arizona
Hai Doo (seated at right) and his family pose for a group portait in front of their new home in Phoenix.
Photo: Loren Anderson
A Burmese refugee family who resettled in Phoenix in 2006 has received the keys to their new home, becoming the 200th family to realize the American dream under a home buying program for refugees begun in 2001 by the International Rescue Committee’s Phoenix office.
The program is made possible through partnerships with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. Participants receive credit counseling, take classes in budgeting and banking, and participate in workshops on how to purchase a home.
“When I was living in the refugee camp, I didn’t think it would be possible to have a home again,” said new homeowner Hai Doo. “Now I feel like my dream has come true.”
Resettling refugees in a new home: The IRC enables refugees who are admitted to the United States to establish new lives and become self-sufficient, productive citizens who add to the vitality and promise of the nation.