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BIJAN Housing Support
The Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN, pronounced "Beyond!") has been getting a variety of requests to find housing for folks leaving detention and for families who are getting reunited after being separated by ICE. We are learning that a housing option can make all the difference when it comes to someone getting released from detention on a lower bond, and allowing them to fight their case with a stronger foundation and to have more support while navigating all that one confronts in this confusing and dehumanizing system.
There are many ways you can help -- by opening your home as a host, by providing support to hosts in your neighborhood (with rides, translation, meals, etc.), by renting out an apartment or spare rooms you have at a low cost, etc. We are working to build up a list of possible housing options in order to respond to these diverse requests for support. There is no perfect option or protocol. We all continue to learn and support each other as we build this together! General openness and creativity can get us all far in responding to the requests from our siblings in detention.
We remain guided by our Beyond values in this and all realms of our accompaniment efforts:
* We honor people's dignity and choices in a system that denies dignity and choice.
* We expect messiness, confusion, and discomfort, and we also choose courage and trust.
* We judge the system, not people.
* We fight for one another as family, because we are.
Please fill this form out if you are open in any way to any kind of housing-related ask! You can also contact Angela Kelly at
or Rachie Lewis at
with any questions or thoughts. Thank you so much for you willingness to say YES!
What's your name?
What's your email address?
What's your phone number?
What neighborhood do you live in?
How did you get connected to BIJAN? How have you been involved?
Please check off if you can provide any of the following -- all of which are much needed and appreciated!
I can host someone in my home (please fill out more info below on length of time, etc.)
I can not host someone but I can help a local host as part of a neighborhood support team (offering rides, meals, translation, collecting donations, etc.)
I can not host, but I can help BIJAN recruit or liaise with volunteer hosts.
I can offer accommodations for 1-6 months for a low rent.
I can make connections with home-owners who could offer accommodations for a low rent.
I can contribute financially to housing options for people coming out of ICE detention (help sponsor or chip in toward a month's rent, etc.)
What languages do you speak? At what level of proficiency?
Questions for Potential Hosts or Home-Owners:
Please fill out the following in as much detail as you are willing to share. A member of our team will call you to follow up, share any potential matches and answer any questions you have then.
What's the makeup of your home? # of people? What kind of sleeping options are available? For how many people? Are there pets? Preferences related to age or gender? Other important information to share?
Is public transit available near your home?
How long would you be willing to host (or affordably rent to) someone for?
up to 1 month
up to 2 months
more than 2 months
all of the above
Referring to the previous question, please describe what you'd ideally want to offer and also what you'd be willing to do if totally necessary:
Please share briefly about your motivation for serving as a host:
What else should we know? What questions do you have?
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