Homes for Ukraine
The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched on 14 March 2022 by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The scheme allows individuals in the UK to sponsor a named Ukrainian national or family to come to live in the UK with them, providing that the sponsor has suitable accommodation to offer and it is available for at least six months after the arrival of their Ukrainian guests.
Sponsors can be of any nationality, as long as they have at least six months' permission to stay in the UK.
Businesses and other private organisations are not currently eligible to sponsor people coming to the UK from Ukraine.
What role will councils play in this?
Local councils are vital to the success of the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Councils are expected to offer support such as:
- Initial reception of evacuees into the county
- Provision of education and the coordination of other service provision
- Specialist service referrals, for example mental health services, adult social care and children's services
- Work and benefits (this will be provided by district and borough councils)
- Payments to sponsors
We will be working with our local schools and health providers to ensure refugees are welcomed and have everything they need.
Linking up with a guest
The Diocese of Hereford is a strategic partner of Citizens UK, a charity that has been granted recognised provider status by the UK Government. Through this collaboration, The Diocese can help match a Ukrainian guest to you and guide you through the visa application process.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and would like to find out more about hosting a Ukrainian guest, please email Lesley Grady, Support for Ukraine Project Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org