In an affluent part of London more than 90 Ukrainian household have been “kicked out by hosts” leaving them homeless this winter.
Richmond council have been approached after the refugee sponsorship scheme has either come to an end or has broken down.
Richmond has hosted over 700 refugees from the war torn country since the scheme was launched on 14 March 2022 which provided them with a place to live.
Richmond council are facing developing situation and the authority are looking for more hosts to take in Ukrainian families as they are in temporary accommodation paid for by the government’s scheme, but they have facing a logistical headache to find new homes.
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MyLondon reported that on 9 February Richmond council’s housing committee said in a report, “There is a specific developing challenge relating to the Ukrainian sponsorship schemes, if and/or when community and family sponsorship placements break down or otherwise come to a natural end and homelessness assistance is sought.”
The report added, “At the date of drafting this report over 90 Ukrainian households had approached the council as homeless with 21 provided with temporary accommodation.”
A Richmond Council spokesperson said, “From the outset, the generosity of Richmond residents provided the opportunity to support a significant number of Ukrainians, with the borough hosting the second highest number of Ukrainians under the Homes for Ukraine scheme in London.
“A wide range of changing circumstances can mean that a host is not able to continue their arrangement past the initial six-month period, including changes in health, accommodation no longer being available or sometimes breakdown in relationships.
“Ukrainian families have also wanted to move to be closer to family or places of work outside the borough.
“The council has put in place a number of options to support Ukrainians to find longer-term accommodation including financial assistance with deposits and rent in advance, or alternative host arrangements.”
In March last year the British government drew up plans “at pace” to invite Brits to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees as this is the worst crisis since World War Two as at least 4 million had abandoned their homes.