CALL OUT for Private Landlords in Exeter for Syrian Family Resettlement
The Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) offers a lifeline of hope to some of the most vulnerable families living in UN refugee camps bordering Syria. It is a chance to find safety and build a more hopeful life here.
The UK government has committed to bringing 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees to new lives in the UK by 2020. There is an additional commitment to resettling a further 3,000 vulnerable ‘at risk’ children and their families from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions under a second scheme- VCRS. Since July 2017, individuals on the schemes have been granted refugee status and five years’ stay in the UK.
A small number of families are coming to Devon County- some have already arrived and been warmly received by local communities. The different councils through the county have currently pledged to accept 45+ families.( see here for more info. from Devon County Council-https://new.devon.gov.uk/refugees-in-devon/syrian-resettlement-programme/
Exeter: We are delighted that Exeter City Council has now pledged to secure accommodation for 12 families. They have been working hard to find suitable properties and private landlords interested in leasing their properties to the Council. 7 properties have now been approved – (one further property has fallen through). If you are a private landlord that can help please contact Jenny Pleasants at the city council’s housing team if interested; TEL. 01392 265685 or see their website for more details: https://exeter.gov.uk/housing/private-tenants-and-landlords/private-sector-leasing-scheme-psl/
Private Landlords Needed:
ExCoS has been actively supporting the City Council’s efforts to secure landlords in Exeter through our call outs, contacting estate agents, distributing flyers and wide social media campaign. Click on the flyer below to get up to date details on what kind of properties are needed by ECC, who to Contact etc. Or you can download as a pdf. file here: Call for LANDLORDS; A4 flyer.
Further info. about these national resettlement schemes can be found here: https://fullfact.org/immigration/syrian-refugees-uk/
*Previous ExCoS website posts,call outs for landlords etc:
- Keep an eye on our Facebook page too for up to date news about resettlement.