Finding Affordable Housing Becoming More of a Challenge for Vickery Meadow Refugees

When Ghazwan Abudllah, his wife and their three young children first moved to Dallas in early 2015, the children begged to go back to Jordan, where the family had lived for 10 years after fleeing Iraq. The youngsters did not know how to speak English and they were having a difficult time fitting in at school. But Abdullah, 43, said the transition became easier once they met other refugee families at the Dallas apartment complex where they were staying. Many of them had children who could help his kids with translation as well as sharing their experiences about living in the United States. Abdullah said the experience helped him and his family to eventually call Dallas home."After school we would take them to a play area so they could enjoy playing with children that speak the same language," he said. "And as adults, we will sit with the parents and have tea or coffee and discuss their plans and experiences, since some of the families had been here a year longer than us."   Continue reading...

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