Making Homelessness Applications for Single Refugees - Refugee Council

Making Homelessness Applications for Single Refugees

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Next course dates 6th September, Leeds and 1st November, London.

Click here to book via Eventbrite or contact the Training team on training@refugeecouncil.org.uk or 020 7356 1044 to enquire about booking in-house training for your staff.

Course Overview

When receiving Leave to Remain status, refugees commonly become homeless.

With demand for housing high, it can be difficult to prove that individuals have a priority need for accommodation.  Yet many single refugees suffer from mental and physical health conditions that make them more vulnerable.  If this vulnerability is exacerbated by being homeless, councils may have a duty to house them.

Our one-day course, Making Homelessness Applications for Single Refugees, is designed and delivered by experienced practitioners with extensive up-to-date working knowledge and practical experience of this subject matter.

Comments from previous participants have included:

‘I now feel confident in my ability to challenge Local Authorities based on this training.’

‘Expert knowledge.’

‘Everything was interesting. Very clear on processes which was especially useful.’

Course Suitability

This course would benefit anyone supporting refugees with their housing needs, for example caseworkers or volunteers from voluntary and community organisations, refugee support or refugee community organisations, housing and homelessness charities, and others wishing to gain a better understanding of this area of work.

Aims and objectives

Providing an overview of how to support single refugees through a homelessness application, following the training participants will:

  • know how to identify what duties the council owes to clients in different circumstances
  • know how to help a client navigate their way through the different duties and types of accommodation offers they might have
  • know how to determine if clients have a priority need for accommodation due to their vulnerability
  • understand what information should be in decision letters from the council
  • know the different ways to challenge homelessness decisions and when to apply which process
  • know how to write a letter requesting a review of a homelessness decision