Housing associations are committed to helping provide homes, employment and support for people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
The government has launched the 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme to enable people living in the UK to host Ukrainian individuals or families for six months.
Housing association residents, including social renters and shared owners, are welcome to take part, and housing associations want to do whatever they can to support this.
The government’s FAQs provide some information about how the scheme will work, and further detailed guidance is expected soon.
Here is a summary of what has been confirmed so far, and what issues we’re seeking further clarification on in the guidance:
See the CIH and BME National supported Housing Rights resource for new arrivals for up to date information.
Housing associations are also committed to helping the effort to resettle people over the longer term beyond this scheme, and we are talking to the government about how this could work. Coordinating any offers we make with local authorities and funding for support will be crucial, as will ensuring people are able to rent homes and have access to housing benefits.
Housing associations also remain focused on doing what they can to house Afghan refugees who are not yet resettled, and we are raising this in our conversations with the government.
We’re keen to hear about any work our members are doing in this important area, as well as any questions you have or key issues you would like us to raise. Please contact Policy Leader Sue Ramsden if there’s anything you’d like to share.