This page exists to provide helpful information to members of a Seattle-area Good Neighbor Team, a small team of people from a local church committed to coming around a new refugee family as they settle in to life in America.

When it comes to housing, the role of a Good Neighbor Team is to secure a suitable home for the newly arrived family, where they can afford to live for at least six months and where they can build up some valuable rental history. This challenge presents an opportunity for creative problem solving, utilizing an existing network, and advocating on behalf of the family before they even arrive.

House Hunting

Information about guidelines for homes, some best practices for securing a home, ideas for where to look, and talking points for conversations with property managers

Home Makeover

Information about collecting donated items, ideas and procedures for setting up a home, and checklist requirements for the Good Neighbor Team.

Host Home Guide

Information and best practices for temporarily hosting a family in the home of one of the team members.