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Afghan refugees arriving in Appleton area facing housing shortage


APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Preparations are underway in Fox Valley for the arrival of 100 Afghan refugees in the coming months.

Housing is already a concern and on Wednesday Appleton’s Community and Economic Development Committee passed a resolution to ensure that finding homes for these families is a priority.

“This resolution has a call to action that I think is important,” City Alder Vered Meltzer said.

The resolution calls on city officials “to offer all possible additional help to facilitate rapid response housing options.”

World Relief Fox Valley Director Tami McLaughlin said, “Part of the challenge is housing, and I think almost every community in the United States faces that, just affordable housing. Often, he must be available with one or two weeks’ notice. It makes things more complicated. “

About 100 refugees are expected to resettle in the Appleton area before next spring, and city officials say they will need help from landowners in the area.

So far McLaughlin has already received offers of employment and financial aid for those who come. “We can’t track calls and emails. We are touched by this generosity, ”she added.

Although the resolution was passed unanimously by the committee, one member expressed concerns about the wording.

“I think it’s not appropriate for us to say at the end, let’s supplant all the rest of the city budget to do it, and I think it could be implied that way,” said Alder Kristin Alfheim .

Meltzer replied, “I think a resolution solidifies something so that it’s not just a fleeting flavor of the day.”

The resolution now goes to full city council for a vote.

The council is expected to deal with it next week.

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