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 landlords are often 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 8 years of war. Many end up in 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 resettled 5 refugee families under this scheme and is committed to taking up to 10 more. But finding willing landlords and suitable properties is a huge challenge. If we don’t find houses, we can’t help these families.
That’s where you come in.
We’re looking for a small number of private landlords with homes to let in Elmbridge.
"Our church was delighted that we could help by providing a safe home to a [refugee] family. Elmbridge Council made the whole process really straightforward and simple for us. Now we have lovely tenants and new friends."
Alex Munro, SVPR landlord
If you have a home to let, please get in touch and find out whether this scheme could work for you.
Elmbridge Borough Council can offer help with:
SPREAD THE WORD
Transforming the lives of refugees requires a team effort. If you don't have a home to let you can still help. Please download and share our property appeal leaflet – ask for it to be included in Parish newsletters, put it on the noticeboard in your local library, or print some copies and ask local shops to leave them on the counter.