In partnership with PPR and a number of other organisations Homeplus is working towards ending destitution for asylum seekers who are temporarily outside of the asylum system. During the asylum process there can be a period of time where asylum seekers are outside of the system and are therefore left without support. This can be for a number of reasons such as they are trying to gather enough evidence to submit a fresh claim or they need more information to put in further submissions among other reasons. Many people who claim for asylum find themselves in this position during the process. A lot of them ultimately go on to be granted asylum and become a refugee. However during this time the asylum seekers are without any financial support, cant work and do not have any accommodation, leaving them homeless. Often they have no where to turn to. This is obviously a very difficult and stressful time, on top of everything else that is going on with their asylum process and in their personal life.
Homeplus in partnership with a number of other organisations in the sector are both trying to bring this situation to an end and also find ways to accommodate those who are destitute and get access to temporary financial support for them. There are a number of options currently being used such as a Choice Housing Association property, hostels, church halls and Refugee’s Welcome. We are in the process of finding suitable private accommodation, such as a flat or a house. At the same time we are trying to help them get back into the asylum system. As well as providing food, food parcels, clothing and emotional support.