Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

30 people were supported with no recourse to public funds

30 people were supported with no recourse to public funds

Covid-19 shone a brighter light on the injustices that many migrants face. 

Many members of our communities are unable to access government help because of where they were born and the immigration papers they have . This is because of a government policy called No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) that denies people living and working in the UK crucial forms of support from the government. Without assistance like Universal Credit and housing benefit, thousands of people are left without a safety net.

The government instructed local authorities to house all people sleeping rough, regardless of immigration status for the duration of the lockdown. But as restrictions were eased, we did everything we could to make sure that people weren't left with no choice but to go back to the streets. People who had been sleeping rough, regardless of immigration status, accounted for 11% of all those we provided a home and support to. 

"It's impossible to get your life sorted. I couldn't get a bank account, or a job, or a home. What are you meant to do? I had no choice but to sleep on the floor with 22 others as part of labouring job working over 12 hours a day unpaid. Now I realise it was slavary. It was unspeakable, so I left, and now I fear for my life. I've been at Caritas Anchor House for three months now, and they are helping me to put my life back together. Without somewhere safe to stay like this. I don't know what would have happened to me." - Peter

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