Wealden District Council is aiming to provide homes for Syrian refugees and their families.

Private landlords and property owners are being asked to help Wealden play its part.

Alongside all other local authorities, the District Council is looking to provide homes.

It is hoped those currently living in unsuitable housing conditions in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt can be helped.

Two refugee families have already successfully settled in the area.

However, more properties are needed to help Wealden meet its aim.

The target is to provide homes for up to 40 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing, explains what is needed,

“We are looking for self-contained privately rented properties with reasonable public transport links,

“So that these families can start to rebuild their lives which, through no fault of their own, have been shattered by six years of civil war,” 

“With the good will of the people of Wealden and help from our partners across East Sussex,

“I am sure we will be able to provide the support that is needed.”

Children, parents and grandparents have been already settled in East Sussex.

Private landlords are asked to come forward with offers of accommodation.

Homes must be of family size with exclusive use of kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The property must be available for at least 12 months and within, or very close to, local housing allowance rates.

The council will provide help and advice to the landlord.

A programme of support is in place to help the refugees, many of whom come from professional backgrounds.

 

Property owners or landlords with property to let, or those who know of someone who is, are asked to contact Gemma Forshaw.

Ms Forshaw is the Housing Options and Strategy Manager for the District Council.

Ms Forshaw can be contacted on 01323 443267 or [email protected]

Anyone who has other goods, services or offers to support refugees in Wealden, please click here.