Refugee Reception and Placement (R&P) grants are provided by the Department of State
(DS). R&P funds are granted to refugee resettlement agencies (voluntary agencies)
throughout the United States that provide services related to initial resettlement
of new refugees.
The agreement between the DS and the voluntary agencies requires those agencies to
use the R&P funds to provide, or ensure that the refugees assigned to them are provided
with the following basic needs:
Decent, safe, and sanitary housing;
Food or a food allowance and other basic necessities;
Referral to appropriate health programs and screening;
Assistance in applying for Social Security cards;
Assistance in registering children for school;
Transportation to job interviews and job training.
R&P funds, and/or services provided that are paid for with those funds, are usually
received by the refugees during the first 30 days after their arrival. Based on the
2003 agreement between the DS and the voluntary agencies, the agencies are granted
$400.00 per refugee, to cover payments they make to or on behalf of the refugees to
meet the basic needs shown above. This amount could change in the future.