Neighbors in Action: Former Spartan Village resident proposes on-site refugee housing

May 18, 2016

For Neighbors in Action this week we hear the dream of one local man who’d like to see an East Lansing student apartment complex become a home for arriving refugees.


Mid-Michigan is home to about 700 refugees from countries such as Bosnia, Turkey and Iraq. Providing the material support they need is always a challenge, and that includes housing. Thom Dye of Okemos has fond memories of his time living in MSU’s Spartan Village apartments, and he thinks the complex would be a great place to welcome refugees to their new lives in America.

Current State discusses the idea with Dye and Dr. Farha Abbasi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at MSU known for her study of the mental health of immigrants and refugees.

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