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The Cuban Haitian Entrant Program provides primary and secondary resettlement services to Cuban and Haitian entrants who are paroled or released on their own recognizance from the Department of Homeland Security. The program provides orderly and structured reception, processing and resettlement services to Cuban and Haitian clients in an effort to lead them towards economic self-sufficiency and independence in the U.S. As part of the CHEP program, the CWS/IRP+ Parolee Orientation Program provides cultural orientation to newly arrived Cuban and Haitian Family Reunification entrants and assists in requesting their Employment Authorization Document, as well as referring them to the Matching Grant for employment services.

One of the main goals of the program is to assist Cuban and Haitian entrants in attaining economic self-sufficiency and financial independence by the 180th day, providing core services and case management in a manner that is sensitive to the culture, language and complex needs of this population. This is accomplished by providing all free case clients and family reunification clients extensive orientation, including but not limited to employment orientation, how to obtain their social security cards and drivers’ licenses, school registration for school-aged children, ESL classes for adults and guidance for immigration-related issues. All free case clients are provided with decent, safe and sanitary housing, food, clothing and other basic necessities.

From Oct. 2015 - June 2016 CHEP resettled