Housing

Experts by Experience: property investment

When it comes to finding a property for a refugee family, it can feel like an insurmountable obstacle to overcome given the lack of affordable housing in the UK. We’ve seen how groups have been creative in meeting this housing challenge; some are able to find compassionate landlords who are willing to rent below the…

Finding accommodation

We know that a significant part of your work in the application process to become a Community Sponsorship Group will focus on housing. As part of your sponsor agreement you will be agreeing to source suitable accommodation for a family for a two year period. The accommodation must: Have a minimum of a two year leaseHave its…

Moving house

After arrival, some families might express an interest in moving elsewhere in the UK. There could be many reasons for this; they may have relatives or friends elsewhere, they might wish to live somewhere more or less quiet than where they currently are or where there is a larger population of people who speak the…

Addressing housing complaints

As a Community Sponsorship Group, you will have gone to great lengths to source suitable housing for a refugee family. You will have invited your Local Authority to view the accommodation for suitability, you may be paying a housing top up and you may even have renovated or bought the property. The refugees you support…

Adopting an empowerment approach to housing provision

This resource will help your Group support refugees to understand their housing obligations to foster independence and empowerment as renters in the future. The family you support as a Community Sponsorship Group will include adults who have lived independent lives. They’ll have been making choices for themselves and their families for a long time. When it…

Food, furniture and household items

Community Sponsorship Groups will need to provide equipment, groceries and other basic items in the property ahead of a refugee family’s arrival. Like with anyone, there will be personal and cultural preferences around food and household items, and you will want to strike a balance between giving refugees choices about what’s in their home, and…

Preparing accommodation

You will need to obtain accommodation that is of a good and adequate standard and available at a sustainable cost for the family. The Home Office will need to be satisfied that it is suitable, and your Local Authority may wish to inspect it before they give their consent to your application. You will have…

Preparing for what happens after 24 months of housing

One of your requirements as a Community Sponsorship Group is to source sustainable housing for a refugee family for a two-year period, after which they may need to move to a new home. Even if the family you support is able to stay in their property indefinitely, it’s important they are empowered with the tools…

Working with landlords

Community Sponsorship Groups across the UK have developed hugely creative ways to find affordable, sustainable accommodation for families arriving through Community Sponsorship. For the most part, we are seeing Groups accessing property through private landlords, whether they are connected to the Group or not. In this resource, we will look at the role of the landlord in…