Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has awarded a $250,000 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh (JFCS) to expand its capacity to assist lawful permanent residents, including former refugees and asylees, with the naturalization process. Senator Toomey wrote a letter supporting the organization's grant application earlier this month.

“The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most experienced non-profit providers of immigration legal services in the Pittsburgh region, serving approximately 1,500 individuals annually,” said Senator Toomey. “This grant will provide significant assistance for lawful permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship. I was pleased to support the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh’s grant application and thank USCIS for recognizing the organization’s important work.”

The USCIS’s Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program is a competitive grant program that provides resources to community organizations to support lawful permanent residents in the naturalization process. JFCS intends to use the awarded funds to assist 200 lawful permanent residents in enrolling in citizenship instruction classes offered by Literacy Pittsburgh, screen 250 lawful permanent residents for eligibility to naturalize, and file naturalization applications for 200 lawful permanent residents.