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Toolkit 246Toolkit for setting up a housing project for asylum seekers

NACCOM has launched a Housing Toolkit – a comprehensive resource for existing and proposed housing projects that accommodate destitute people who are seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants.

The toolkit is the latest in a series of practical guides launched by NACCOM to provide expert guidance and advice to individuals and organisations that work with – or wish to work with – people in the asylum system experiencing destitution.

The Housing Toolkit aims to provide a step-by-step guide to the main legal, operational and financial considerations for charities, individuals or groups interested in, or in the process of, setting up a housing project.

Housing refers either to the provision of a room in shared accommodation, be that in a house or flat; or the provision of self-contained accommodation such as a bedsit, flat or house. The accommodation may be owned or managed by, or leased or rented to, the charity or project providing the accommodation for; a) the free, charitable provision of temporary  accommodation to people who have been refused asylum and/or; b) the provision of rented accommodation to refugees and other migrants who may or may not have recourse to public funding but who do have the legal right to rent here in the UK.

Throughout the toolkit they have provided a number of case studies covering a range of different NACCOM housing projects. In addition, they have highlighted their top tips and recommendations along with links to useful resources.

Chapters in the toolkit cover the following topics:

  • Setting up a housing project
  • Running a housing project
  • Specifications, Health and Safety, and Fire Risk Assessment
  • Income from housing
  • Further resources and useful links

Download the toolkit from here.

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Geoff Knott, 03/12/2019

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