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Homelessness: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 153848, tabled on 14 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities provide adequate support for newly-recognised refugees to prevent them becoming homeless.

Answered on

20 June 2018

No one should ever have to sleep rough and this Government is determined to break the homelessness cycle once and for all.

The Government will release a strategy in July which will lay out how we will meet our commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2020 and end it altogether by 2027.

To meet this commitment, we will need adequate support for all of those at risk, which is why on 8 June my Department announced £1.75 million to help new refugees, by funding 35 officers in 19 areas with some of the highest numbers of asylum seekers. The officers will support people granted asylum into housing, education and work.

We will use the evidence gathered from this work to inform future provision for this cohort, and to ensure that no-one leaves Government supported accommodation with nowhere to stay.