JAMESTOWN – Leaders in Jamestown are discussing making the area a refugee resettlement city.
According to WRFA Radio, Mayor Eddie Sundquist met with residents on Thursday night at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to discuss the idea.
The mayor said he received several inquiries about how the city could help support the increased number of refugees in New York who are in need of a home.
He is discussing options with resettlement agencies and the state to see if a program is feasible for Jamestown.
Specifically, the discussion surrounds housing, employment, education and access to healthcare. Possibly language barriers would also need to be addressed.
The Mayor’s Office is working on compiling the feedback from the meeting before they move forward with developing a refugee resettlement program. An additional meeting will also likely be schedule in the future to continue discussions.