November Newsletter

Measure O Offers No Stability

for Immigrants and Refugees

A lack of safe, affordable housing is one of the biggest barriers to successful integration for refugees and immigrants.

The greater Sacramento region needs roughly 154,000 additional housing units by 2029 in order to meet goals set by the State of California. In order to afford a two-bedroom apartment, Sacramento renters would need to earn $31.25 an hour – twice what newly arrived refugees earn in their first jobs in Sacramento.

This lack of affordable housing is a key driver of the homelessness crisis, as low-income families – including refugee and immigrant families – are pushed into greater vulnerability by the unaffordability of adequate housing.

Measure O, a Sacramento ballot measure that would ban homeless encampments from public property, offers no new funding, no new housing, and no additional mental health or substance abuse services. While it proposes the creation of new shelters, it does not provide the funds to do so. Funding for this measure will need to be redirected from other sources, such as existing shelters or other city services.

Enforcement of Measure O, combined with the city needing to defend itself from lawsuits, will divert important resources and attention from solutions that address the root causes of homelessness – including building more housing.

Opening Doors stands with immigrants and refugees by saying No to Measure O's incomplete solution.

The Biden Administration Must Be Held Accountable for Meeting 2023 Refugee Admissions Goal

President Biden has signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023, setting the refugeee admissions goal at 125,000 for this upcoming fiscal year.

In 2022, the United States allowed approximately 25,400 of 125,000 refugee admissions, meeting just over 20% of the 2022 refugee admissions goal.

Together with the support of the Biden administration, congress, and everyday Americans who understand the important contributions that refugees and immigrants make in our community, the 2023 refugee admissions goal is achievable. 

The Giving Season Begins on November 29th

Communities are strengthened by the contributions of immigrants, refugees, and survivors of trafficking.

Since August of 2021 our community has welcomed an unprecedented number of new arrivals. Permanent housing remains an essential need of refugees and immigrants resettling in our community.

Your support is critical in helping our newest neighbors on their path to stability, self-sufficiency, and belonging. This giving season, give the gift of welcome starting with #GivingTuesday on November 29th. This year giving is easier than ever via our new giving page.

Consider setting up a recurring donation to sustain the work of welcome all year long. Monthly, quartley, biannual, and annual giving options are available.

Learn How to Give on Giving Tuesday

Welcoming refugees.

Defending immigrants.

Supporting survivors.

Enriching communities.

Opening Doors to all.

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