A programme funded by the GLA and managed by Homeless Link
The programme is delivering some very useful learning that is relevant for anyone who is working with Non UK Nationals. Seven grantee organisations across London were awarded grants for projects that provided immigration advice for rough sleepers and those who are imminently homeless.
The seven projects each are exploring a different model of integrating immigration advice with homelessness services. The learning has been gathered through interviews from grantees and their partner organisations at the mid point of the project and is included in this document in our knowledge hub .
The document shows the benefits of homelessness organisations being OISC registered, at least to level 1, as well as the need to provide accommodation to non-UK nationals whilst they access immigration advice. Many organisations find that having a Link Worker or Immigration Navigator is working to help people access appointments and keep them engaged with advisors. However there is a greater need for accommodation for people to stay fully engaged with the process, which can often take long periods of time.
Findings also highlighted the advantages of having homelessness services involved during the immigration process. This proves to be even more important due to the unexpected complexity of cases and the long periods of time spent waiting for decisions to be returned. Whether providing in-house advice or working with external partners to refer and link up clients, the role of the homelessness sector in providing immigration advice to rough sleepers cannot be underestimated.
The seven grantees and their partners include:
- Depaul UK partnering with Cardinal Hume Centre, New Horizon
- Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network partnering with Bench Outreach
- Micro Rainbow partnering with Wesley Gryk Solicitors
- NEWway Project partnering with Caritas Anchor House, Renewal Project
- South London Refugee Association partnering with Ace of Clubs, Thames Reach Croydon, Crisis Croydon, Glassdoor
- St Mungo’s partnering with Praxis
- Thames Reach partnering with Tower Hamlets Law Centre, Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre
The paper includes effective practice, challenges identified so far and recommendations for commissioners or homelessness organisations looking to deliver similar programmes. The programme is still being implemented and a full evaluation report of the fund will be released in August 2022. If you have any queries or would like more information, please get in touch with us (See below)
Resources on Immigration Advice
Challenges when commissioning of NRPF services – both immigration advice and housing
This session considers the challenges and opportunities for Commissioners looking to address local needs with the migrant sector. It explores the national context in relation to the Rough Sleeping Strategy, highlights innovative commissioning taking place by the Greater London Authority and looks at the commissioning journey undertaken by Newcastle City Council over a number of years in relation to asylum.
Working with refugees and people seeking asylum
Practical guidance for supporting people before and after receiving refugee status.
Briefing: Facing up to homelessness among non-UK nationals
Publications and resources from the Homeless Link and NACCOM project, Finding local solutions to non-UK national homelessness.