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New Jersey Welcomes Refugees

Supporting refugees in achieving their full potential as they make New Jersey their new home.

New Jersey Refugee Resettlement Program

The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Office of New Americans (NJDHS-ONA) oversees and administers New Jersey’s Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) in partnership with the International Rescue Committee’s New Jersey’s Office for Refugees (IRC-NJOR). Refugees, asylees, and other eligible populations receive services and supports through this program including cash assistance, case management, healthcare, and employment supports. These supports are provided to ensure the successful resettlement of our new neighbors.

The NJDHS-ONA oversees the refugee health program and provides a health and mental health screening within the first 30 to 90 days for refugees and other eligible groups. This includes a comprehensive health screening, vaccine and communicable disease management, and appropriate referrals to healthcare providers for any ongoing medical needs. 

The IRC-NJOR, in partnership with the local designated resettlement agencies and community-based organizations, provide financial assistance, case management, and social services supports.

Refugees and other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) populations are eligible for public benefits including Medicaid (NJ FamilyCare), food assistance through New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP), and cash assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA).

The New Jersey State Refugee Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of the State Refugee Program, and engaging with state partners and stakeholders to ensure greater quality of service for the refugee community. 

The New Jersey State Refugee Health Coordinator oversees the administration and implementation of the Refugee Health Program. The SRHC works in coordination with the State Refugee Coordinator (SRC) to provide health expertise in determining appropriate health coordination and support for ORR-eligible groups. 

For more information, please contact the New Jersey Refugee Resettlement Program at