NYC initiative to bring more funding to Ukrainian refugees
The commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) announced Thursday that there will be a $2 million Ukrainian response initiative for Ukrainians seeking refuge.
The office is partnering with community organizations to help provide more aid to Ukrainian New Yorkers in need.
Polina Buchak, a refugee from a town in northern Ukraine that she says is a hotspot of the invasion, is trying to figure out her next steps in the city.
“There are so many different organizations that are ready to open their arms,” said Buchak. “Bring out their resources to help you with any questions.”
Ukrainian Councilmember Inna Vernikov says she is just one of the many New Yorkers impacted by the war, and that her office is helping those here and abroad. She plans to team up with former New York Gov. George Pataki to provide temporary housing in Ukraine.
“We’re here with you, we stand with you, and you have our city’s support if you live here now or if you come here in the future,” said Manuel Castro, commissioner of the MOIA.