The largest humanitarian crisis in the world today is the Syrian Crisis. The Government has a scheme (the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme) to take some of the most vulnerable refugees* from makeshift camps in countries like Jordan, where they have lived for much of the civil war that has been underway since March 2011.
As part of this scheme, the local resettlement project is seeking accommodation. You might be a property owner who wishes to be involved. If you are a private landlord and wish to register your interest in making a self-contained property available to rent at a fair market rate, please click here to send us a ‘Housing Enquiry’ message or see the section below about our ‘Just One House’ scheme.
*[Please note the following distinctions: An asylum seeker is a person who has sought protection as a refugee, but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been assessed. A refugee is someone who has the right to settle in the UK often as part of an humanitarian process and protection.]
JUST ONE HOUSE
Our partners at the British Red Cross have taken over the responsibility of setting up the homes for new families, and we continue to look for organisations (faith groups, businesses, clubs or others) who are willing to fundraise to cover the cost (£3500) of furnishing ‘Just One House’ and, if possible, also to introduce volunteers who are willing to train to support the families as buddies. If you know any organisations who might want to support us in this way – please get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ideas and questions regarding housing
I am, or I know a refugee, asylum seeker or person with housing needs who needs advice or help
Are there any people in eligible housing need that will be displaced by refugees coming to Milton Keynes?
No. Support for the Syrian refugees comes from an additionally funded programme (see question at the very end). The Council resolved in September 2015 that Milton Keynes should take its fair share, agreeing to join the Government programme as a full participant.
Will the Council use its housing powers to accommodate refugees, so they get a service ‘out of turn’?
No. Council Housing will not be used, but this small group of refugee families will be helped with accommodation. Although refugees and asylum seekers are in need, they are not eligible for homelessness support from the Council. Instead, they need the support of local people and the national government to find their feet after years of difficulties.
Can accommodation be offered for other refugees, asylum seekers or those Milton Keynes residents in temporary accommodation?
Yes. This is possible, although some issues may arise and details may be shared with the appropriate Council department. If you are a private landlord and wish to register your interest in making a self-contained property available to rent at a fair market rate, please click here to send us a ‘Housing Enquiry’ message.
What is the breakdown of expenditure in the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme?
This is explained on our web page called “Explaining the money allocation.”