Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Support to be Provided to Partners by the Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership (ALIRP) Board Revision Approved by the ALIRP Board August 30, 2021
This document outlines the criteria to be used by the ALIRP board in determining eligibility for financial and/or care team support to be provided to the Refugee and Asylum-seeking individuals and families served by the organization. The decisions about financial support are guided by the mission of the organization as outlined on the ALIRP web page:
“We are an interfaith group of religious leaders and laypersons, as well as representatives of other community groups who have come together for the purpose of helping refugees and asylum-seekers, in light of the current migration crisis that has displaced millions of people.”
The specific type of support given will be determined by the ALIRP board following an intake assessment made by an ALIRP staff member or a Co-Chair of the ALIRP Direct Support Committee. The decision about level of support is based on availability of funds, number of individuals or families already being supported, and case-by-case circumstances.
Priority for direct financial support will be given to families living in the Greater Birmingham area, although the ALIRP board may authorize support for others on a case-by-case basis.
Criteria for Support ALIRP awards support on an objective and non-discriminatory basis. The following criteria will be considered in determining eligibility for financial support. When applicant needs exceed the current funds, those who meet more criteria will be considered first.
Is a refugee, unaccompanied minor, or seeking asylum or other type of humanitarian immigration status.
Agrees to seek an initial legal consultation (with the $100 consultation fee to be paid by ALIRP) and to allow the attorney to advise ALIRP whether there is a basis for an asylum or humanitarian visa petition, and work permit.
Has a work permit, has applied for a work permit, or will agree to apply for a work permit as soon as possible
Is currently working (if has a work permit) or has a plan to work when the work permit is granted.
Has a need for housing, food, legal support or other support that is not able to be met by other resources.
Has dependents in his/her care
Does not have a criminal record
Has never been ordered removed or deported from the US
Process for Requesting Support If an individual or family meets the criteria for support and would like to seek assistance from the Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership (ALIRP), please contact the ALIRP President by email at President@alirp.org or by phone at (205) 440-2693.