Oklahoma housing market causing trouble for Afghan refugees

Oklahoma housing market causing trouble for Afghan refugees

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Oklahoma’s housing market has caused trouble for our Afghan refugees.Catholic Charities said some families still aren’t in permanent housing. The majority of Oklahoma’s Afghan refugees are big families, requiring large apartments but those are hard for anyone to find right now.”Oklahoma City’s housing market is about a 98% occupancy. So, we have not done enough as a city and as a state in our affordable housing,” said Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.| MORE | Oklahoma Catholic Charities recognized for work with Afghan refugeesCatholic Charities said there isn’t enough housing to go around.Leaders said 1,000 Afghan refugees fled to Oklahoma City last September. About 150 refugees are still living in hotels.”The majority of them have signed leases, but the spaces that they’re going to move into are not yet available,” Raglow said. The executive director said it comes down to finding living space without breaking the bank.”They have to be able to afford the place. We could put them in a place really nice while there’s federal support for their lodging, but when the federal support goes away they have to be able to stay there,” Raglow said.Housing isn’t the only uphill battle.| MORE | Oklahoma City-based competition helps Afghan refugee rebuild her business”It be like when everybody talking English and it’s so hard for me because when I live in Afghanistan when I was going to school, every people talk in my language and I understand that,” said an Afghan student.Catholic Charities said up to 500 refugee children will be heading to public schools scattered throughout central Oklahoma in the fall, thousands of miles away from what they knew.”The answer to the question of what was the most difficult thing for them was everything. We’ve come a long way and we’ve got a long way to go,” Raglow said.If you want to help send the students off to school on the right foot, Catholic Charities are looking for backpacks and new shoes.

Oklahoma’s housing market has caused trouble for our Afghan refugees.

Catholic Charities said some families still aren’t in permanent housing. The majority of Oklahoma’s Afghan refugees are big families, requiring large apartments but those are hard for anyone to find right now.

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“Oklahoma City’s housing market is about a 98% occupancy. So, we have not done enough as a city and as a state in our affordable housing,” said Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

| MORE | Oklahoma Catholic Charities recognized for work with Afghan refugees

Catholic Charities said there isn’t enough housing to go around.

Leaders said 1,000 Afghan refugees fled to Oklahoma City last September. About 150 refugees are still living in hotels.

“The majority of them have signed leases, but the spaces that they’re going to move into are not yet available,” Raglow said.

The executive director said it comes down to finding living space without breaking the bank.

“They have to be able to afford the place. We could put them in a place really nice while there’s federal support for their lodging, but when the federal support goes away they have to be able to stay there,” Raglow said.

Housing isn’t the only uphill battle.

| MORE | Oklahoma City-based competition helps Afghan refugee rebuild her business

“It be like when everybody talking English and it’s so hard for me because when I live in Afghanistan when I was going to school, every people talk in my language and I understand that,” said an Afghan student.

Catholic Charities said up to 500 refugee children will be heading to public schools scattered throughout central Oklahoma in the fall, thousands of miles away from what they knew.

“The answer to the question of what was the most difficult thing for them was everything. We’ve come a long way and we’ve got a long way to go,” Raglow said.

If you want to help send the students off to school on the right foot, Catholic Charities are looking for backpacks and new shoes.


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