LET YOUR PROPERTY
Finding suitable properties is the greatest challenge to resettling refugee families in Elmbridge. The property market is tough – rents are expensive and many landlords are reluctant to let to families receiving housing benefit. Solving this challenge is critical. If we don’t find houses, we can't resettle refugee families.
Could you let a home to a refugee family?
The global refugee crisis is the most significant humanitarian crisis of our generation. More than 65.3 million people are displaced worldwide. Millions of these refugees are Syrian families, forced to flee their homes during 6 years of war. Many end up in squalid and unsafe refugee camps with little hope for their families’ future.
The Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (SVPR) scheme enables the most vulnerable families – those with special health needs or survivors of violence and torture – to be relocated to a safe country where they can rebuild their lives.
"We just want stability and hopefully once we have mastered the language, we'll be able to work... and build a life here."
Seham, Syrian refugee
Elmbridge Borough Council has committed to resettling up to 15 refugee families under this scheme. Finding willing landlords and suitable properties in Elmbridge is a huge challenge. That’s why Elmbridge CAN is supporting the council’s appeal for properties.
We’re looking for a small number of private landlords with properties to let in Elmbridge.
"I'd recommend this scheme to anyone looking to rent out a property, who wants tenants that value the house and treat it like a home." SVPR landlord, Surrey.
If you have a home to let, please get in touch and find out whether this scheme could work for you.
Want to know more about the kind of family you could be helping? Read our interview with Seham, who came to the UK with her sister and elderly mother, through the SVPR scheme.
SPREAD THE WORD
Transforming the lives of refugees requires a team effort. If you don't have a property to let you can still help. Please download and share our property appeal leaflet with anyone you think might be able to help.