As a partner agency of the US Committee for Refugees (USCRI), our parent organization, IICONN implements the federal Matching Grant program in Connecticut. The Matching Grant Program is a public-private partnership funded through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Department of Health and Human Services. The main aim of the program is to help eligible clients to attain economic self-sufficiency within 120 days of their date of eligibility for the program without accessing public cash assistance. Participants in the program are newly arrived refugees, asylees or victims of human trafficking.
Underpinning the Matching Grant (MG) program is the conviction that the key to any newly-arrived person’s success in the United States is his or her ability to achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. Through the MG program, IICONN, in collaboration with partner agencies, provides the necessary support and resources for clients to find quality job opportunities and begin their new lives in the United States as empowered, contributing members of their communities.
Over 70 percent of the federal Matching Grant program’s participants become economically self-sufficient within their first six months following resettlement.
What Does Economic Self-Sufficiency Mean? Economic self-sufficiency is achieved when a client or member of his/her family is earning a total income at a level which enables the family to support itself without the receipt of public and Matching Grant funds.
What Services Does IICONN Provide? IICONN’s staff and dedicated volunteers, along with the significant support the program receives from members of the local community, help Matching Grant participants achieve financial self-sufficiency through assistance with the following services:
· Case management
· Employment services, including job-skills training and job search support
· Cultural orientation
· Social adjustment, including counseling and interpretation
· School enrollment
· Documentation assistance
· Maintenance, including modest housing and food assistance and cash allowance