The American Hebrew Academy, which has been vacant since it suddenly closed in June 2019, has a new tenant.

On Friday, June 10, the board of directors of the American Hebrew Academy announced that the campus at 4334 Hobbs Road would be leased to the Department of Housing and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The campus will be used by HHS to house unaccompanied immigrant children while they are waiting to be reunited with family members or other vetted sponsors in the US.

It had been announced in May 2021 that HHS was considering using the American Hebrew Academy as a possible transitional care facility for unaccompanied migrant children, and at that time it was reported that if the American Hebrew Academy was used it would result in hundreds of new jobs for the area.

According to the announcement the campus will be leased to HHS for five years, which will allow the American Hebrew Academy to continue its mission of educating children and preparing them for the future.

HHS will provide classroom education, mental and medical health services, case management, translation services, legal services and recreational facilities for the immigrant children housed at the American Hebrew Academy campus.

About 800 people are expected to be hired to provide that range of services for the children.  The jobs will include administrators, teachers, counselors, medical care professionals and other workers.  HHS will also contract for services such as food service and security.

Hiring is underway and the facility will have a particular need for Spanish-speaking professionals.  Those interested in instructional positions may visit  for more information.

People interested in noninstructional jobs may send an email to .

HHS currently operates about 200 similar state-licensed facilities in 22 states to provide unaccompanied migrant children with age-appropriate care and services.