As lockdown restrictions begin to be lifted and central government funding to support homeless people with temporary accommodation during Covid-19 lockdown comes to an end we are extremely concerned that some homeless people, particularly those with No Recourse to Public Funds, NRPF, may be evicted from council-provided accommodation and be forced to return to destitution.
Despite the efforts of some councils, many homeless people, particularly those with NRPF, have remained without shelter during this pandemic. Others have experienced inadequate support once accommodated.
The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Imagine.’ For some of our clients, having fled violence and persecution, their imagination is the one place of safety they can turn to when the real world is so difficult. This Refugee Week, we want to ask if you could consider making a special donation in support of Oxford’s asylum seeker and refugee community.
Most of us can barely imagine this, yet homelessness is one of the most critical challenges facing many of our clients. Half of the refugees, asylum seekers and their families whom we see each year face a substantial risk of homelessness – and this has been exacerbated by COVID-19. We are currently focusing on providing wraparound support to approximately 100 people – those who are the most vulnerable and the least likely to be helped by other services.
Many of our clients are now homeless or inadequately housed and many have no recourse to basic support services. Some of our clients who don’t normally have a right to public support have been provided with temporary housing. But this will end when the COVID-19 emergency ends. We must be there for them, and we need your support more than ever as we turn our attention to safe housing.
If you would like to find out more about our Homeless Appeal and how you can help please click here.