We’re so grateful to Mariam* and Helen* for sharing their experiences with Diane Taylor from The Guardian recently. The article highlights the impact of Boaz housing and support in the midst of a refugee housing crisis of the government's own making.
After receiving refugee status, Mariam was evicted from her Home Office accommodation and faced periods of street homelessness before moving into a Boaz house.
“I don’t have words to describe how I feel to be able to live in this house. I know a lot of people suffering with homelessness and it is particularly difficult and dangerous for women to have to sleep on the streets. This house is the best place. It is quiet and secure and nobody can disturb us here.” - Mariam,* currently supported by Boaz.
Although the Home Office says that it has now reversed its change of practice, which saw the eviction of thousands of newly granted refugees from their asylum support accommodation after as little as seven days, this politically-motivated decision continues to have a catastrophic impact on people's lives.
The Boaz waiting list for people with refugee status is, for the first time in our history, longer than the list for people who have been refused asylum. Councils, charities and organisations have been stretched to breaking point.
This article comes as part of the Guardian Charity Appeal, which has named NACCOM, Refugees at Home and Refugee Council as its three charity partners. As proud members of NACCOM, we're delighted to see that over a million pounds has been raised through this appeal, which comes to an end in a few days' time.