Oct 14, 2021 - News
Afghan refugee fund launches
 Refugees from Afghanistan walk through Washington Dulles International Airport in August.
Refugees from Afghanistan walk through Washington Dulles International Airport in August. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Several local advocacy groups are teaming up to raise money for Afghan refugees heading to Nashville.

  • At-large council member Zulfat Suara told reporters a new fundraising effort will give refugees "the resources and support that they need to transition into their new home."

Why it matters: More than 300 evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to settle in the Nashville area, according to the United Way of Middle Tennessee.

The details: Advocates have set a fundraising goal of $300,000.

  • They stressed while speaking with reporters Wednesday the fact that resettlement takes place on an incredibly tight timeline. Agencies might only have a few days to secure housing, furniture and food for new arrivals.
  • Existing government aid for resettlement agencies often is not enough to pay for those early basics.
  • The United Way of Greater Nashville, Catholic Charities Diocese of Nashville, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, and the American Muslim Advisory Council are part of the effort.

What's next: Multiple groups said some Afghan refugees had already started to arrive in Nashville, with more expected in the coming weeks.

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