Houston Afghan Resettlement Fund

In September 2021, the Houston Afghan Resettlement Fund (HARF) was created by a collaborative of organizations including The Alliance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, and YMCA of Greater Houston to raise support for vetted Afghan families who have resettled to the Houston area. Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment each provided $1.5 million to help propel these efforts.

The combined $3 million gift will immediately help Afghan allies cover housing rent, utilities, groceries, clothing, household supplies as well as provide support services to help with their resettlement process.

With the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, tens of thousands of Afghan allies and their families became targets, in grave danger of retaliation from the Taliban. As agencies in Houston prepare to resettle approximately 3,000 vetted Afghan evacuees in Houston, each Afghan family will need significant support for up to six months. Evacuees often arrive with only what they can carry. Funds and resources raised by HARF will help set them up for success as they transition to their new homes and lives.

Of the gift, Nancy Kinder, president and CEO of Kinder Foundation, said, “We hope that others will be inspired to join this coalition and support Afghan refugees as they rebuild and make Houston home.”