UKRAINIAN refugees face a housing shortage as they search for affordable rental housing.
Many who fled their homes as a result of the Russian invasion now fear they will be on the streets when their guest stints come to an end.
Internships under the government’s Homes for Ukraine program were originally set at six months.
Many families now have to find affordable rental housing.
A Ukrainian refugee living in Brighton and known only as Dariia said: “For people who don’t have a job everything is very expensive, if I were alone I could rent but I have a son who is 18 and a boy Dog.
“Our host family said we could share their house for a while but he wants us to move, he just doesn’t want us to be on the street.
“I think we need council protection and some sort of help to be a guarantor. A lot of landlords are scared because they think people won’t pay.”
Dariia previously lived in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region before moving to the UK in April. She has been looking for a rental apartment for a month and a half now.
She has urged Brighton and Hove City Council to do more to support refugees at risk of homelessness in the coming months and has made suggestions such as: B. Providing some kind of guarantee so that Ukrainians can rent privately.
A spokesman for the council said: “When a Ukrainian household enters the UK under one of the schemes recognized by the government, they have access to the same services and support as UK citizens.
“If Ukrainian guests find that they can no longer stay with their host, they can turn to us for housing advice. We will then support you in finding alternative accommodation.
“This can be through another host family or by helping them find private rental accommodation. If this is not possible before they are asked to leave the country, they may be offered temporary accommodation.”
The council said it also offers counseling practices for Ukrainian families in the city.
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