UPDATE – September 1, 2016:
Some clarification on a story that we ran Tuesday night regarding the Rutland Refugee Resettlement Program.
We initially reported that grant approvals through the US State Department were delayed, according to Rutland City Board of Alderman President William Notte. We have since reached out to State Refugee Coordinator Denise Lamoureux. She said their department has had no communication to that effect. We have also reached out to the US State Department for clarification. When we hear back we’ll update this story.
While he stands by his comments on the delay, Alderman Notte did tell our Staci DaSilva that he “may have misspoke” when he said the cost per refugee is around 9-thousand. Staci acknowledges she may have misheard the Alderman. It is, in fact, between 9-hundred and one-thousand dollars per refugee.
Local 22/Local 44 regrets the error.
A plan for 100 Syrian refugees to settle in Rutland, Vt. starting this October has hit a snag. Rutland Board of Aldermen President William Notte says the U.S. State Department has delayed grant approvals for all resettlement programs nationwide. The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program has applied for the grant. Without this money, Notte says refugees cannot be received.
Notte estimates the grant amount to be between $900 to $1,000, per refugee. However, he says lack of transparency has been an issue and he is not sure exactly how much it will cost.
Notte said he expects to hear back from the State Department about the grant status in September.
Corrections have been made to this story. We originally reported that each refugee would receive $9,000, each, in grant money. Each will receive between $900 to $1,000. Additionally we have reached out to the US State Department for clarification on the grant status.