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Michigan Offers Homeowners $500 a Month to House ‘Newcomers’

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The state of Michigan is launching a program that will provide $500 per month to homeowners who take in migrants, in an effort to place refugees outside of state shelters.

Called the Newcomer Rental Subsidy, the assistance could last up to a year.

Eligible groups include refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, and those from Afghanistan, Ukraine, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia.

The executive director of Michigan’s housing authority said it would help migrants “build a new life.”

Funded with $4 million, the program aims to address housing barriers while promoting employment.

The program will help migrants “build a new life here,” said Amy Hovey, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

“This program is truly a win-win, as it addresses the most pressing barrier to refugee resettlement by meeting housing needs while setting up families for success with increased employment and opportunity,” Hovey said.

Michigan took in over 700 migrants from the DRC, Syria, Sudan, Burma and Ukraine in 2022 alone.

Some officials in Denver have similarly called for citizens to house migrants to ease costs shouldered by cities like Detroit.

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