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Supporting people with No Recourse to Public Funds Good practice in homelessness services. Tasmin Maitland, Head of Innovation and Good Practice [email protected] @tasmin_igp. Refugees have recourse to public funds! Refugee status Humanitarian protection
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Support and Advice to Asylum Seekers
UNHCR Gateway Protection Programme for Refugees
Refugee Action is a independent national charity working to enable migrants to build new lives. With more than 30 years’ experience, we empower refugees, asylum seekers and migrants by providing confidential, impartial and non-directive advice.
Assisted Voluntary Return
Policy and Campaigning
Impartial, non-directive & independent
Empower clients to make their own informed decision
How to contact Choices
Clients can call us Freephone on:
0808 800 0007
We have multilingual
Leaflets and posters available
Mondays & Wednesdays
10am – 12pm
2pm – 4pm
Or visit the Choices website:
Set up Boaz Trust in 2004
To provide accommodation and holistic support for destitute asylum seekers
Currently supporting 78 people: 58 refused asylum seekers with NRPF and 20 refugees.
NACCOM began in 2005
Network of organisations accommodating destitute asylum seekers and migrants
Currently 31 projects from Brighton to Glasgow
July 2013 there were 374 accommodated
naccom.org.uk/news report - “Tackling homelessness and destitution”
Not mainstream: against the tide
Hard to fund (especially statutory): no rents or HB
The numbers with NRPF are huge!
Think outside the box
Schemes will be ethos-driven
Quality staff working for less
Working with people of goodwill
Less statutory = more resilient
Hosting: spare rooms in private houses
Religious orders / communities
Rented for NRPF Asylum Link Merseyside
Private Leased Boaz Trust
Vicarages / Presbyteries Arimathea Trust
Housing Associations Hope Housing
Rented Mixed Open Door NE
There must be a way out of NRPF
There must be wide support, or staff and volunteers will burn out
Good communications are essential
Campaigning is also important
Funding will always be needed but seek sustainability
It can be done!
It requires determination and innovation
Ultimately there has to be a political solution