The mission of Hamden Adult Education is to develop well-educated citizens who embrace education as a lifelong experience. Classes cover a wide range of topics, including GED preparation, ESOL, citizenship, career transitions,basic skills training, computer literacy and enrichment activities.
IRIS resettles approximately 200 refugees each year. IRIS also provides some services to asylees and other immigrants. Currently, IRIS’s refugee clients come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Sudan and other countries.
As part of the Yale School, the Jerome M. Frank Immigration Legal Services clinic represents immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Its clients are refugees from more than twenty different countries who fear that they will be persecuted on the basis of their race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a social group if they return to their countries of nationality.
Located at the M.L. Keefe Community Center in the heart of southern Hamden, Community Services has a staff of five full-time employees. In addition to Town funding, Community Services received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which allows the department to assist residents in avoiding evictions, foreclosures and utility service interruptions.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
USCIS will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of the immigration system.