While national rhetoric on immigration, presidential executive orders and international factors slow in the number of refugees settling in the U.S., a lack of affordable housing has all but halted refugee resettlement in Fort Collins, experts say.
Just 13 refugees have resettled in Fort Collins since 2002, and none have moved to the city since 2012, according to newly compiled data from a USA TODAY Network investigation. Eleven of those refugees came from Iraq, and the remaining two came from Chad and Sudan.
"Housing drives where refugees live," said Kit Taintor, Colorado's State Refugee Coordinator.
Cities the size of Fort Collins can serve as a boon for resettlement options, she said. But Fort Collins' lack of affordable housing coupled with student competition for rentals in the university town has significantly limited resettlement options, making matters "really challenging."
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