HNB changed overnight with the enormous influx of Afghan refugees in August 2021, increasing five-fold from about six families a month to 40. They are newly resettled refugees, SIVs (special immigrant visa holders), and asylum seekers, mostly from Afghanistan but some from El Salvador, Myanmar, and Ethiopia. A government stipend of $1250 per individual helps, but without assistance the average family of four would spend half its funds on basic household needs. HNB provides all required furnishings and household items – along with extras like rugs, pictures, small appliances, and toys that help make an apartment a home. A program for refugee artisans pays them to make items for home set-ups (a win-win) and a special fund offers financial support for the training or mentoring that will help turn a job into a career. Partners call it all “the HNB touch.”

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Immigrants/Refugees

Awards & Recognition

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Award (2022)
Catalogue for Philanthropy Community Choice Award (2022)
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) gave HNB an award “in recognition of outstanding and compassionate service supporting the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program.” (2022)


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Homes Not Borders is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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