Silver Spring, MARYLAND – Programs to help immigrants become citizens and integrate into American society will be bolstered by nearly $10 million in grants from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to 18 affiliates of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
The two-year awards of up to $250,000, announced by USCIS Sept. 1, will help finance the cost of citizenship classes and assistance filling out naturalization application.
CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson congratulated the recipients, noting that the grant program “allows CLINIC affiliates to continue helping the most vulnerable applicants in the naturalization process, particularly those who are low income, elderly, and disabled. This vital work helps ensure that naturalization is accessible to all who qualify and that all can participate in the civic life of our nation. We are grateful for USCIS’ support and partnership in this endeavor.”
The grants to CLINIC affiliates, under the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Program, represent 30 percent of the primary grantees, to 46 organizations in 21 states.
Over the eight years of the USCIS program, more than 156,000 permanent residents have been assisted in their path to becoming U.S. citizens.
Since the program began in 2009, CLINIC affiliates have been among those receiving funding. Their success in the highly competitive grant process is indicative of the quality of the agencies in CLINIC’s network.
Of the 14 CLINIC affiliates, seven are Catholic legal immigration programs:
- Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
- Catholic Charities of Central Texas (Austin)
- Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa (California)
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton (California)
- Catholic Charities of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties (California)
- Catholic Migration Services, Inc. (Brooklyn)
Another seven are community-based legal immigration programs:
- Access California Services (Anaheim)
- Central American Resource Center (Washington, D.C.)
- Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (Portland)
- Hartford Public Library (Connecticut)
- La Casa de Don Pedro (Newark, New Jersey)
- City of Littleton (Colorado)
- Tacoma Community House (Washington)
In addition, four CLINIC affiliates received USCIS funding through partnerships with primary grantees:
- Catholic Charities of Central Florida (Orlando)
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
- Church World Service (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
- Catholic Charities of Tennessee (Nashville)
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 provide training and technical assistance to expand citizenship services and encourage immigrant integration initiatives.