As a member of a Host Network, what am I responsible for?

The Host Network is responsible to support the refugees financially and with settlement assistance, counselling and support for the duration of the scholarship period. Specifically, members of the Host Network must provide:

Provide suitable accommodation, basic furniture, and other household essentials

Provide food, clothing, local transportation costs and other basic necessities of life.

Settlement Assistance and Support, including:

  • Providing orientation to the new community of residence
  • Completing forms for health insurance, driver’s license, etc.
  • Understanding the rights and responsibilities of permanent residents
  • Learning about the job market, preparing a resume, employment search, job interviews, job search programs, etc.
  • Making friends
  • Learning about and accessing various types of services available in the community
  • Assisting with the registration of children in schools
  • Orienting to the Public Education school system
  • Locating a family physician, dentist, other health services
  • Becoming self-sufficient

Your ability to support the refugee(s) will be assessed based on the settlement plan. The Settlement Plan is a planning tool for sponsoring groups to formulate how they intend to deliver the various aspects of settlement assistance needed to help the refugee applicant(s) establish successfully in America. Where practicable, the planned arrangements should be in place before the refugee arrives. All members must agree to this plan.

The Host Network shall also provide ongoing friendship and emotional support.