Homes for Ukraine
Homes for Ukraine: how to let us know you’re taking part
The Disasters Emergency Committee predicts that 17.6 million people will be affected by the escalating conflict in Ukraine, with 4.4 million people expected to flee their homes as the war continues. We know that many of our tenants are looking for ways to offer help – here’s some of the ways you can support Ukrainian people, and what you need to do if you’re planning to be a Homes for Ukraine host.
These are the official links for UK Government and Welsh Local Government Association websites for latest information and guidance:
What can I do to help?
You can help people in Ukraine by making a donation to the DEC’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal – they work with many charities, including the British Red Cross, to provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families.
Local organisations may also have volunteer opportunities, and invitations to donate clothes and other supplies. Your local voluntary action centre will be able to help you find any opportunities near you.
- RCT – Home - Interlink RCT English
- Vale of Glamorgan - GVS
- Cardiff – C3SC - Cardiff Third Sector Council
- Neath Port Talbot – Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service (nptcvs.wales)
- Powys - Volunteering (pavo.org.uk)
Here is a website detailing more ways to support: Ukraine Appeal and Directory of Help — GVS
Homes for Ukraine
The UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme supports people to offer a spare room, or separate self-contained accommodation, to Ukrainian refugee(s) for at least six months.
What are Newydd doing to help with housing?
We are working closely with local authorities and Welsh Government to ensure that we contribute to any local efforts to provide emergency housing.
What are the options for hosting those seeking resettlement?
The most current information can be accessed through the UK Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ information page and can be viewed here. There is also a set of FAQs that may answer some of the questions you have, which can be viewed here. We encourage you to consider this information carefully before deciding.
You should also register your interest in becoming a sponsor as part of the resettlement scheme, and we will confirm that you have done this before agreeing for you to host.
I’d like to consider opening my home up as part of the Ukraine refugee settlement programme. Am I able to do this?
We want to make sure that this is as easy as possible for you to do this if you wish. For us to consider your request to host, please complete this form. Completing the form should take less than three minutes. We will get back to you with our decision no later than two weeks of receiving your form.
You should not request payment or charge to any individuals you host as part of this scheme.
We ask you to consider some things before you make this decision as part of your contract conditions, and expect that all tenants wishing to offer rooms in your home have satisfactorily covered the following points:
- The size of your home. There are strict guidelines on how many people can live within our properties to ensure that these are not considered ‘overcrowded’, which is set out in housing law. You can find this information in your contract.
- Financial assistance with your rent. Having people living with you, even short-term, could affect any financial help you receive towards your rent or service charges. This could be a payment from your local authority (Housing Benefit) or as part of any Universal Credit payment. It would be best to enquire whether any hosting could affect any payment you receive, as you will be expected to make up any difference. You can find further information on the Government’s website relating to hosting and income.
- Consider the additional costs of having some one else in your home such as additional electricity usage or extra loads of the washing machine needing to be put on
- Other specific arrangements relevant to your home. There may be other arrangements around how your home was let to you, which could be related to age, or if you receive care or support services. You would have been advised of this when you moved into your home, but if not, please get in touch to check.
- Insurance arrangements. It is worth checking whether any insurance policies on your home or contents could be affected by hosting.
Frequently asked questions
Q How can people from Ukraine come to the UK?
The UK Government has set up two schemes to help people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine to come to the UK – the Ukraine Family Scheme, which is designed for people with family links and the Homes for Ukraine scheme, which is designed for people who do not have family ties in the UK.
Q Is the Welsh Government running a separate sponsorship scheme?
The Welsh Government is supporting the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. We will act as a super-sponsor under the scheme. This means we will sponsor up to 1,000 people from Ukraine in the first phase, but we could take more people. Wales is a Nation of Sanctuary.
If you have further questions about the Homes for Ukraine scheme, please visit the UK Government’s website. If you have further questions about the Ukraine Family Scheme, please visit the UK Government’s website.