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1 October 2020

ACTION: No evictions into homelessness from asylum accommodation

Today, the Migrants’ Rights Network, NACCOM, and Asylum Matters, wrote to the Prime Minister calling for a reversal to the decision to evict people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) into homelessness. Evicting people into homelessness is always wrong, but is especially devastating now as the UK returns to COVID-19 Alert level 4.

We were joined by 225 organisations and 575 individual co-signatories that asked the government to:

  • Immediately halt the evictions of people who have been refused asylum.
  • Place a fully funded duty on Local Authorities to accommodate people with NRPF conditions.

Thousands of people seeking asylum who now face eviction typically have no source of alternative income or savings. Once made homeless by the inhumane NRPF conditions, they will rely on charities or local people in the communities for support. Charities supporting people who are experiencing homelessness have had to radically rethink how they provide safe accommodation, and local conditions mean that accommodation providers have significantly less capacity and serious concerns about their ability to support those most in need.

  • Use this template letter to MPs which has been written by NACCOM members and groups engaged in frontline destitution services;
  • Use this template letter to MPs if you are an individual/group that is not directly engaged in frontline service provision but wants to join the call for change;
  • Use this template letter to Local Authorities to ask your Council to join the call to halt evictions and protect everyone from homelessness and COVID-19, regardless of their immigration status.

Click here to read the joint letter: Reverse the decision to evict people with NRPF into homelessness joint letter