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Kingston welcomes third Syrian refugee family

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Kingston has welcomed a third Syrian refugee family into the borough, bringing the total number resettled under the Home Office-funded scheme to ten.

The council continues to call out to local private landlords to provide properties in order to take more vulnerable refugees.

Private landlords are offered a competitive rental rate and a landlord premium is paid in advance. Refugees housed through the scheme are supported by a caseworker.

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“I’m hugely proud of Kingston’s response. We have resettled three Syrian refugee families to date - this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of local people.

“We are specifically appealing to private landlords to help us with this scheme. If you, or someone you know, has a property in Kingston that they think fits the bill, get in touch.”

In order to qualify for the funding, homes need to be self contained and available to rent for at least a year. To find out more, see our webpages on housing Syrian refugees.

If you have a property to rent to us, please contact our Accommodation Team on 020 8547 5491 or [email protected].

Can’t offer a property but want to help? Visit the Government’s refugee support website.

Notes to editors

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees identifies Syrian refugees to be put forward for the relocation scheme. They are screened for security and assessed to meet the criteria which include being victims of torture or violence, women and girls at risk, and having physical or medical needs.