Call to action on move-on from refuge

Call to action on move-on from refuge

Supporting housing providers & refuges to resettle survivors into a safe home

Women’s Aid, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, National Housing Federation and Chartered Institute of Housing have launched a call to action to housing providers to support refuges with move-on during Covid-19.

Move-on has become a massive challenge for our member services as the housing crisis has intensified during recent years, and Covid-19 has made this even more difficult.

Conversations with housing providers have revealed that they have a number of homes that are currently empty as the usual nominations and lettings procedures were paused during the early part of the pandemic. They want to ensure they are working with refuge providers to ensure women and children who are ready to move on can do so. The call to action, launched on 28 May 2020, encourages housing providers to contact refuges directly if they have suitable properties available for survivors, and also for refuge providers to get in touch with local housing associations if they are supporting survivors who are ready to move-on but are unable to find them a new home.

We are launching this as a short term response to the current emergency, but Women’s Aid will also be working with housing providers to better understand demand for resettlement from refuge and support refuge providers with move-on over the long-term too.

Click here to download the call to action on move on from refuge



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