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Plea continues for city landlords to support Afghan families

Citizen’s Alliance UK is making another call of plea, urging Peterborough landlords to offer their empty properties to people fleeing from Afghanistan. 
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Citizen's Alliance has issued a fresh plea urging Peterborough landlords to offer their homes in support of Afghan families resettling to the city

Peterborough Citizens is an alliance of civil society institutions that work together for the common good. Its member institutions include schools, colleges, academy trusts, universities, churches, mosques, trade unions and charitable organisations. 

The group in partnership with PARCA, the British Red Cross, the Light Project Peterborough and a range of other organisations has launched Refugee Welcome Peterborough, an informal network to help with the resettlement of Afghan families in the Peterborough. 

This comes as Peterborough City Council offered to welcome and resettle 100 Afghan refugees who have escaped the crisis following Taliban’s takeover of the country in August. 

The refugees who are expected to relocate here will be mainly families, and will be resettled as part of the national Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, and the broader Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme for other vulnerable Afghanis.   

An offer to resettle a family can be made only at the point that suitable housing has been identified; as with its Syrian Refugee Resettlement programme, the council will be working with private sector landlords who are keen to support this work, as well as Cross Keys Homes and Accent Nene Housing.   

It’s believed families have already started to arrive in the city, with some of them offered their own accommodation in partnership with local authorities and city-based charities.

But, nearly eight properties are still needed to accommodate the Afghan families in Peterborough. These can be two/three and four bedroom houses to rent to families at local housing benefit rate. 

It is affiliated to Citizens UK, the UK’s largest civic alliance that has a proud tradition of campaigning on refugee welcome. One of its most celebrated campaign wins including ending child detention in 2014. 

If you own a property and would be happy to rent it to an Afghan family for a period of atleast three years at a rent consistent with the housing benefit cap - Peterborough Council will cover all maintenance and repairs during tenancy. If you would like to support a family in need or would like to get involved in the alliance, please get in touch - Dilraj.kaur@citizensuk.org