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What is the Homes for Ukraine program? The British government’s plan to help refugees fleeing the Russian invasion

HOMES for Ukraine is a UK government-run program to help refugees escape the Russian invasion of their homeland.

Kind-hearted Britons can accommodate Ukrainians fleeing their country, and the government gives them money to keep them.

The Homes for Ukraine program will allow the British to take in Ukrainians fleeing the war in their country

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The Homes for Ukraine program will allow the British to take in Ukrainians fleeing the war in their countryPhoto credit: AFP

What is the Homes for Ukraine program?

The government launched the program on March 13, 2022, allowing Ukrainian refugees to live in British homes.

Those fleeing the horrors in their country after Russia invaded will be given shelter and a roof over their heads and will be paid £350 a month.

Homeowners get over £2,000 for making a room rent-free for at least six months.

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The money is considered a “thank you” payment and is tax-free.

It follows outcry over Britain’s delayed response to Europe’s worst refugee crisis since Second World War.

apartment secretary Michael Gove, who said he wants to make a room available, said: “We want to make sure that every available bed . . . can be made available.

“We know there are huge numbers of people in this country – generous and able to provide a home – as well as businesses and charities.”

He said “tens of thousands” of refugees are to be helped, and there is no limit.

Desperate Ukrainians can get fast and secure accommodation after completing a simple, one-page online visa form that can be completed by the host family.

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However, the scheme was criticized by Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who said: “The previous scheme was too slow, too narrow, too mean.”

He said he supports the homes for Ukraine Initiative and can also provide a room.

More info

The Ukraine Crisis Appeal supports people in areas currently affected by the crisis and those who may be affected by the crisis in the future.

In the unlikely event that the British Red Cross raises more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any excess funds will be used to support it prepare for and respond to other humanitarian emergencies around the world.

For more information visit https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/disaster-fund

The government said there was no limit to the number of Ukrainians who would be welcomed into the UK

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The government said there was no limit to the number of Ukrainians who would be welcomed into the UKCredit: Alamy

How can I register for the Homes for Ukraine program?

Volunteers can apply online. You must agree to provide a room rent-free for six months.

A new bespoke website has been launched for sponsors to register their interest, including individuals, charities, community groups and businesses.

Further details and forms can be found on the Homepage of the Government of Homesforukraine.

All you have to do is provide the name and some details of the Ukrainians you are offering accommodation to, even if they have no family ties to the UK.

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They could be someone you met on social media or through sports, charity, or religious groups.

Once a Ukrainian – who must have a passport – arrives in the UK, their six-month stay can be extended to three years.

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All apartment providers are screened and Ukrainian applicants are subjected to security checks.

Once in the UK, refugees can work and benefit from all social benefits.

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Bobby Allyn

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