//Shelter In East Austin Provides Safe Haven For Immigrants Seeking Better Lives For Their Children

Shelter In East Austin Provides Safe Haven For Immigrants Seeking Better Lives For Their Children

Casa Marianella provides temporary shelter for migrants and refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. For many people seeking asylum or citizenship in the U.S., getting here is just the start. Then there’s often the long legal work that needs to be done to stay in the country. For some families, there’s also the need for shelter. Casa Marianella is a temporary safe house for migrants and refugees seeking asylum. The main house – there are 11 – is on a quiet, tree-lined block in a colorful residential neighborhood in East Austin. Across the street, two other buildings house a benefits clinic, a law office, a free acupuncture clinic and more beds for new residents. Jennifer Long, the executive director for Casa Marianella, calls the temporary safe house for immigrants a “little village.” “There are people cooking wonderful cuisines from around the world, people are outside having picnics, the children are playing,” says Jennifer Long, the shelter’s executive director. “It’s like a little village.” Casa, which opened its doors in 1986, receives a large portion of its funding from the City of Austin. Since last year, Long says, Casa hasn’t had enough beds to keep up with demand. In July, 85 people – including young kids – were living in a space designed for 38 people. Although that number is now around 40, overcrowding continues to force people to sleep on mats on the floor. “We’re just doing the best we can to keep them from being out on the […]

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