RBKC has offered to resettle 50 Syrian refugees and the RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee is working on arrangements, mainly trying to find suitable accommodation. Because of high housing prices and existing pressures on council and housing association properties the refugees will need to be housed in private rented accommodation. At market rents such accommodation would be too expensive for refugees to afford so RBKC is asking private sector landlords if they can lower rents for refugees. Because of the depth of public sympathy and support for Syrian refugees’ plight the RBKC Welcome Committee, made up of faith organisations, voluntary and community groups and other local organisations such as schools and colleges, who are working in partnership to provide a coordinated local response to the Syrian refugee crisis, is optimistic of some offers.
For Syrian children arriving alone a London-wide scheme is in place whereby councils will look after these children, placing them with foster carers or in children’s homes and supporting them to attend school or college and become integrated into the community. Notting Hill landlords interested in offering suitable accommodation at affordable rents should email [email protected]
If you would like to know more about or get involved in the work of the Kensington and Chelsea Refugees Welcome Committee, contact Migrants Organise at [email protected]