Launched at the Migrants’ Access to Housing conference in London on 20 June, Innisfree, along with Arhag housing association and migrant support charity Praxis Community Projects, has drawn up a three-point pledge to provide support for migrants.
Housing associations are being urged to join the 18 landlords who have already signed up to it. BME National, the black and ethnic minority housing association collective, has backed the pledge. The National Housing Federation has said it also supports the pledge’s aims.
It calls for associations to:
- provide a safe environment for migrants,
- train staff and board members on the difficulties facing vulnerable migrants,
- raise awareness about the issue.
John Delahunty, chief executive of Innisfree, told Inside Housing magazine:
“The pledge doesn’t require the promise of a lot of resources; it does require the promise of our intent to do what we can to help.
“If we can trigger a response from housing associations of all sizes around the country, we will make a major difference to the lives of new communities.”
The following housing associations, representing over 100,000 homes, have so far signed up to the Housing Associations’ Pledge to Migrant People:
- Arawak Walton
- Apna Ghar
- Bahay Kubo
- Bolton at Home
- Jewish HA
- Joseph Rowntree HT
- Nehemiah UCHA
- North Star Housing Group
- Odu Dua
- One Vision
- Pine Court
- Plus Dane
- Raven HT
- SLH Group
- South Yorkshire HA
- Waltham Forest HA
You can download the pledge here.
More information from the conference is available here:
To find out more about migrant’s rights click here.