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Hope at Home’s Response to ‘Homes for Ukraine’ Scheme

By 15th March 2022Uncategorised

Hope at Home’s vision is to ensure all survivors of modern slavery in the UK have a safe place to live.

In 2021, 12727 people were identified as being potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Since 2018 we have provided almost 5000 nights of safe, stable host accommodation for survivors from many different nations including Nigeria, Albania, Vietnam, Iran and Iraq.  Many of our guests have also been asylum seekers and refugees.

Whilst we welcome the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ government scheme, we also believe that safeguarding should be a priority for those fleeing war and persecution.  All Hope at Home hosts have a DBS check, a home visit from an experienced staff member and provide references before beginning to host.

We also ensure our hosts take part in mandatory training covering trauma, safeguarding and vicarious trauma to protect hosts from burnout.  Hope at Home hosts are well-resourced and supported by our staff team and each other whilst they have a guest staying with them.

We are aware that Traffickers prey on vulnerable people, particularly those fleeing traumatic experiences, and so we expect that in the coming weeks, months and years we will be hosting those from Ukraine who have been subjected to exploitation as well as fleeing war.

We will continue to provide host homes for survivors of modern slavery, regardless of their nationality, as we know the need still exists and we look forward to welcoming new hosts who feel able to offer their spare room as part of our safe, well-resourced hosting scheme.

If you are interested in finding out more about hosting with us, please contact us at info@hopeathome.org.uk.