NACCOM and Asylum Matters have produced a joint briefing, which has been sent to Local Authorities, on preventing evictions into homelessness from asylum accommodation during COVID-19 and beyond.
In March, with the onset of the pandemic and as the country was put into lockdown due to COVID-19, the Government announced the suspension of all evictions from asylum accommodation, to be reviewed at the end of June 2020.
Whilst the halt in asylum evictions has meant that many migrants have been temporarily protected from homelessness during the pandemic, these are ‘emergency’ measures and while the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that evictions from the private rental sector will remain suspended, the Home Office has indicated that asylum evictions may resume from the end of June.
This has led to a concern that we will face a ‘cliff edge’ where thousands of people could be made
homeless from asylum accommodation without recourse to public funds. This would be a public health
disaster while the pandemic is ongoing, and a significant failure of public policy if we were to create a
new population of people facing homelessness after having shown that it can be avoided.
NACCOM, Asylum Matters and other sector partners have been advocating for significant changes to national policy to allow everyone to be protected from homelessness, during COVID-19 and beyond.>>> You can view the briefing document with our key policy recommendations here <<<