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Refugees face signficant barriers when trying to find a home in the UK

Refugees have been forced to leave their home country to find safety elsewhere. However, the process of finding their home in the UK is not without challenge. Data from the UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, shows that more than 5,000 refugee households were classed as homeless between October and December 2023 in England. This is four times as many as in the same period in 2022 and continues the trend seen since 2020.

The problem is being exacerbated

The inability to access public funds, means that individuals are having to find the money to cover the costs of visa fees and further applications for leave to stay. All of this creates a hostile environment for migration.

A report by Compas on migrant destitution, highlighted that over 100,000 are experiencing destitution in the UK, a 136% increase since 2019.

St Martin’s charity is helping…

Vicar's Relief Fund

Umar was granted refugee status after a period living in temporary accommodation as an asylum seeker in the UK. Being granted this status meant that he was made homeless, due to being evicted from his temporary accommodation. Umar’s situation was unsustainable, and he needed to find a home. The team at START supported Umar to find a room, and applied to the VRF to secure it. The grant covered the deposit required to allow Umar to move in, and opened the door to stability and security for him

Frontline Fund

The vast majority of patients experiencing homelessness can’t access legal advice, and so hospital admissions are a unique opportunity to link people with complicated immigration statuses up to legal experts. That’s why St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity funds the Pathway Legal Advice Project. This collaboration with the UK’s leading homeless and inclusion health charity, Pathway, is the only one of its kind providing access to vital housing and immigration advice for patients who are experiencing homelessness.

Frontline Network

Vicar's Relief Fund

When Osman received refugee status, he was introduced to Students and Refugees Together (START) a small charitable organisation in Plymouth that works with newly granted refugees. An application to the Vicar’s Relief Fund meant that Osman could pay the rent upfront and secure his flat. He is now in permanent accommodation and appears to be content and genuinely thriving.

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