Lewisham appeal for help to house Syrian refugees

A Lewisham Council Press Release

Lewisham Council is appealing for landlords to come forward and offer their properties for rent as part of a programme to help families fleeing the brutal Syrian civil war.

In September the council announced it had pledged to take 10 families under the Home Office and United Nations backed Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme.

Councillor Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We have had a very positive response to our appeal to secure 10 homes in the borough to resettle this small number of families.

“We are now seeking the final few two or three bedroom properties required to meet this very urgent need.”

A Lewisham Refugee Offer has been developed as well as a Lewisham Landlords’ Guide to help house and settle any Syrian intake.

Offers of accommodation from the local voluntary and community sector have already been made, and help is now needed to find the final few homes from the private rented sector to house the refugee families.

Cllr Bonavia said: “We are asking private landlords to help meet this very serious need. I know there are people in our community who would be only too happy to help others – and would encourage them to take this opportunity.”

Landlords interested in finding out more should email nicola.marven@lewisham.gov.uk. Rents are being sought at Local Housing Allowance rates or lower.

To find out more about the scheme www.lewisham.gov.uk/syrianrefugees

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