Refugees must overcome immense barriers in order to access housing in the UK, with many risking homelessness in the process. The 28 day time limit placed on refugees to vacate Home Office support and accommodation, coupled with a limited knowledge of rights and entitlements, mean that accessing mainstream benefits and applying for housing can be highly problematic.
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Funded by the Welsh Government’s Homelessness and Rooflessness
Grant, the Welsh Refugee Council’s Move On
project provides the specialist support, advice and guidance necessary to support people through this transition. The scheme provides individual casework in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham to individuals who have been granted refugee status or other forms of leave to remain within the asylum system. The service includes advice and support on:
- Prevention of homelessness and tenancy support
- Housing after being moved from asylum accommodation support
- Access to benefits
- Rights and entitlements of refugees
- Ensuring that individuals have the correct documentation to facilitate the transition from asylum seeker to refugee
- Access to employment, healthcare and education
- Family reunion