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Empty Buffalo State dorms to be used by Afghan refugees

Empty Buffalo State dorms to be used by Afghan refugees

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Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, Monday, March 22, 2021. 

As one facet of her administration's response to aid the settling of Afghan refugees in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that unoccupied dormitory space at SUNY Buffalo State would be set aside to temporarily house incoming families. 

Hochul's office said Buffalo State would serve as a temporary home to up to 100 refugees, nearly a third of the total expected to resettle here, while permanent housing is identified. The City of Buffalo is expected to take in some 335 Afghan refugees who fled the country in the wake of the Taliban takeover and the end of U.S. military operations there.

In addition to the temporary housing, SUNY is also providing the refugees with laptops. All refugees will also be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before being allowed to live on campus, Hochul's office said. 

Buffalo is the single largest destination for Afghan refugees anywhere in the state. 

Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner said the school was proud to "welcome and support these individuals on their journey to a better life."

The program is being coordinated by Buffalo United for Afghan Refugees, a coalition of five Buffalo area organizations leading the region's resettlement efforts.

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Eric DuVall is the News' assistant city editor. Before joining The Buffalo News in 2021, he was the editor of the weekly paper the Tonawanda Sun, and was the managing editor of the now-defunct Tonawanda News for seven years.

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