City of Dallas Mayor Johnson Proclaims February 1st 2022 as Lunar New Year Day. Thank you to all our partners Asian American Association of Contractors and Professionals, Dallas Chinese Community Center and the City of Dallas Association of Asian American City Employees for collaborating and providing support for this formal announcement. (February 2022)
City of Dallas Celebrates the 4th Annual Welcoming Week (September 2021)
City of Dallas Selected for National Program to Promote Economic Inclusion in Workforce Development (July 2021)
City of Dallas Selected to Participate in Program Aimed at Advancing Economic Inclusion of Immigrant Entrepreneurs (April 2021)
Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Division has Partnered with the Open Society Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas to Select 16 Nonprofit Organizations to Receive Funding from the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund (October 2020)
City Launches Partnership to Assist in Residents Financially Impacted by COVID-19 (August 2020)
Dallas Virtually Celebrates Welcoming Week by "Creating Home Together" (September 2020)
Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Division Partners with Philanthropic Leaders to Establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund for Immigrants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 2020)
The Lyndon B. Johnson School (LBJ) of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin conducts a Study to Evaluate Dallas' Welcoming Efforts (August 2020)
City and DISD officials Release Joint Statement in Response to the Supreme Court's Ruling (June 2020)
City of Dallas Becomes the First Certified Welcoming City in Texas (December 2019)
Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Invites the Public to Volunteer at Citizenship Workshop (October 2019)
Dallas celebrates Welcoming Week to Highlight Immigrant Contributions (September 2019)
First Annual Immigrant Heritage Month Celebrated (June 2019)
Dallas Celebrates National Welcoming Week (September 2018)
The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Communities Foundation of Texas to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort that will distribute $500,000 to non-profits to provide direct financial assistance to immigrant/refugee individuals and families who are otherwise ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs.
Dallas selects 16 nonprofits to receive funding from the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund
DALLAS – The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to select 16 nonprofit organizations to receive funding from the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund. The fund provides community organizations with funding to provide direct financial assistance to immigrant and refugee individuals or families impacted by COVID-19.
The community-based organizations that were selected for funding include: Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc., Center for Survivors of Torture, Children's Food Ministry, Community Action Organizers, Family Independence Initiative, Heard That Foundation, ImmSchools, International Rescue Committee, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Open Arms, Inc. dba Bryan's House, Rosa Es Rojo, Inc., The Concilio, The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church, UNT Dallas Foundation, Wilkinson Center and Workers Defense Project.
To learn more visit: https://www.cftexas.org/lazarus.
To donate to the fund, please visit
To learn more about other COVID-19 resources and information, including rental assistance, please call the COVID-19 Resource and Information Hotline at 214-670-INFO (4636) or visit the COVID-19 Community Resource Hub webpage at
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