Important Note from the North Carolina State Refugee Coordinator

July 20, 2022

Important Note from the North Carolina State Refugee Coordinator P. Scott Phillips, PhD


As of May 21, 2022, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (AUSAA) authorizes the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide resettlement assistance and other benefits available for refugees to specific Ukrainian populations and other non-Ukrainian individuals in response to their displacement from Ukraine and entry into the United States. This means that these individuals are eligible to receive mainstream benefits (e.g., Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income), resettlement assistance, and other benefits available to refugees, with the exception of an initial resettlement program.

North Carolina Refugee Service Providers

Across NC we are welcoming many Ukrainians through the Uniting for Ukraine Program. Given certain elements of this program these newly arrived Ukrainians and those who are sponsoring them, are not directly connected to refugee service providers who can help provide guidance as well as enroll eligible individuals into a wide range of programs.

We are encouraging individuals and their sponsors to actively reach out to and connect with a local refugee service provider agencies. You can find a list, along with the counties they serve and service areas they offer here:

Public Benefits

Given that we are expecting Ukrainian arrivals in over half the counties in NC, many individuals will be living in counties that are not familiar with refugee resettlement and have no refugee service provider who serves in that county. County Departments of Social services (DSS) (local Department of Social Services) have been made aware of the eligibility of Ukrainians with Humanitarian Parole status.

This resource sheet may be helpful when visiting the local DSS office:
Benefits for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees | The Administration for Children and Families (

Guidance provided from state agencies to the counties on eligibility to programs:

Please note: if your application was initially denied, you are encouraged to reapply or appeal as recently released guidance may change the outcome.

Social Security applications

Standard Social Security Administration policy should be followed which includes either presentation of employment authorization (I-766 EAD) from DHS or the requirement for a valid non-work letter from a benefit-granting agency. Individuals will be visiting local DSS agencies to apply for services and the Social Security Administration can use the letters they receive from the DSS agencies (as long as they meet certain requirements) as a valid non-work reason to let them apply for a Social Security card and number (SSN).

Health screenings and required vaccines

Ukrainians arriving through the U4U program and perhaps others as well may be required to have certain testing and vaccinations and may be asked by DHS for proof that these tests and vaccines were completed. Originally arriving Ukrainians had only 14 days to be tested for tuberculosis and attest to DHS that it was completed. This has been extended to 90 days to allow people more time to apply for Medicaid and to find affordable or covered testing services.

Ukrainian arrivals are eligible for Refugee Medical Screening services, but only a limited number of county health departments have services specific to refugee populations. However, all counties have local health departments and have much to offer including but not limited to tuberculosis screening, school physicals and vaccinations. Some health departments may also be able to provide primary care services and be a medical home. There are also many community health centers in North Carolina that offer primary care and medical services.

Apply for Medicaid and/or Refugee Medical Assistance:

Local/county health departments:

Community health centers:

Medical Guidance to Prepare for and Promote Household Health and Safety When Hosting Ukrainian Families and Individuals

Information for healthcare providers:  
Ukrainian Clinical Guidance

Finally, thank you to all the sponsors who have stepped forward to welcome Ukrainians to North Carolina. We appreciate your good will and are here to help support you all as we can. Please read through the excellent guidance provided on the role of the sponsor (Welcome.US | Explainer):

“Sponsors create the support systems that ensure newcomers can thrive. Sponsors are neighbors, cheerleaders, and guides for people starting on a long, difficult, and exciting journey.

More specifically, sponsors are responsible for finding safe and appropriate housing for newcomers. They support newcomers in ensuring health needs are met, kids are enrolled in school, and adults find work, among other factors.”

Here are additional resources for the U4U program:

Uniting for Ukraine | Homeland Security (

Welcome.US | Resources

P. Scott Phillips, PhD

Division of Social Services, Economic and Family Services

NC Department of Health and Human Services

Office:  919-527-6303

820 S. Boylan Avenue, McBryde Building/Hargrove Wing

Raleigh, NC 27603


You've got questions and we have the answers

Who are Ukrainians in the Carolinas?

We are a network of volunteers throughout the Carolinas dedicated to assisting the people of Ukraine and promoting Ukrainian culture in the Carolinas. Our network has been operational in the Triangle for the last 8 years, ever since Russia invaded Ukraine. We have been collecting and shipping medical supplies to Ukraine, helping refugees, wounded warriors, families of perished Ukrainian heroes and orphans. We have hosted numerous cultural events and advocated for assistance to Ukraine. Since February 24, 2022, when Russia started its new phase of war in Ukraine, we have become an even stronger and larger group and welcome your support. We have media coverage, politicians’ attention, but most importantly - everybody’s willingness to help Ukraine’s brave military and citizens. We already shipped several containers of medical supplies, so generously donated to us by local supporters of Ukraine and of freedom. We also provided localized support to various cities throughout Ukraine where there was a great need for food and medical supplies.

What is your status? Are you an officially recognized charitable organization?

We are a NC charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 88-2029754

Where can I send my monetary donation?

You can write a check to Ukrainians in the Carolinas or PayPal or Zelle your donation to

Can I donate clothing or other goods?

At the moment, the border is overwhelmed with various humanitarian supplies from European nations, so we are focusing our efforts on securing and shipping medical supplies only.

What else can I do to help in supporting Ukraine against the Russian invasion?

Spread the word! Contact your elected representatives and ask them to provide air defense systems to Ukraine, expedite legislation to allow Ukrainian refugees into US, and secure humanitarian corridors into sieged Ukrainian cities.

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