Rental Housing Industry Continues to Support Newcomers

Share your experience by March 8.

By Greg Brown |

2 minute read

In 2022, the National Apartment Association (NAA) joined an effort by the federal government and national nonprofits like Catholic World Services and others to help in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The need was great as thousands fled that country following the United States withdrawal in 2021. Since then, the onset of the Russian war against Ukraine has dramatically increased the need for newcomer housing. The White House and Department of Homeland Security specifically engaged NAA to help meet the housing demands of these refugees.

While some progress has been made, thousands of newcomers and their families remain without permanent housing. As it is for all of us, safe, affordable and sanitary housing is integral to their successful beginning in the United States.

Our national collaborators in this effort are looking to increase private partnerships in the housing market. To help facilitate that, they are surveying housing providers to understand the rental landscape, factors influencing the decision to rent to prospective residents and the types of incentives that housing providers would like to see when renting to newcomers legally admitted into the United States.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, March 8. The survey is strictly anonymous. No identifying information is captured on this survey unless you choose to provide it for future engagement. The information you provide is invaluable to designing programs that will be beneficial to housing providers who would like to participate in newcomer housing.