SILVER SPRING, Maryland—Fourteen CLINIC affiliates were among the 45 organizations in 26 states that received a funding award through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fiscal Year 2017 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program.
USCIS announced the awards, totaling nearly $10 million, Sept. 28. These two-year grants of up to $250,000 will support citizenship classes and naturalization application assistance. The program has helped more than 190,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship over the last nine years.
CLINIC’s affiliates have received funding through this program since its inception in 2009. This year, 24 percent of the 45 primary grantees are CLINIC affiliates.
Eleven CLINIC affiliates received a direct grant from USCIS, while three more affiliates received USCIS funding through partnerships with direct grantees. Of the 11 affiliates that received a grant from USCIS, four are Catholic legal immigration programs:
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Inc.
- Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc. (Overland Park)
- Catholic Charities of Orange County, Inc. (Santa Ana, California)
- Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.
Another seven are community-based legal immigration programs:
- Association of Africans Living in Vermont (Burlington)
- Church World Service, Inc. (Durham, North Carolina)
- International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Jewish Family Service of San Diego
- Latin American Association (Atlanta)
- Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton Beach-Manhattan Beach (Brooklyn)
- Pars Equality Center (Sherman Oaks, California)
The three CLINIC affiliates that received USCIS funding through partnerships with direct grantees are:
- Catholic Community Services of Utah (Salt Lake City)
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington (Washington, D.C.)
- Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami
CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson congratulated the recipients and noted, “For nearly a decade, the USCIS citizenship grants have helped our affiliates serve the most vulnerable applicants in the naturalization process and promoted the vital work of immigrant integration. We greatly appreciate USCIS’ ongoing leadership and support in this work.”
CLINIC is strongly committed to promoting and facilitating naturalization and integration for the foreign-born, especially those who are most vulnerable and face barriers in the naturalization process. CLINIC will continue to provide training and technical assistance to expand citizenship services and encourage immigrant integration initiatives.