New immigration project for homeless young people

The Centre’s Immigration team is to start working with a new residential project for young people with no safe place to call home in west London.

We will be able to provide free immigration advice to young people who are at risk of falling victim to exploitation or crimes such as modern slavery because of their insecure immigration status, through Greater London Authority funding from Homeless Link, (the Immigration Advice for Rough Sleepers Fund – IARFS)

Hotel 1824, a refurbished 40-bed hotel in west London, run by Depaul UK in conjunction with New Horizon, will accommodate up to 350 young people over the coming year. The provision will strengthen the safety net for those most at risk, giving young people danger of sleeping rough a short-term safe place to stay in the until somewhere to call home in the long-term is found for them.

The number of destitute migrants in London is high, and many people have unclear or insecure immigration status, meaning that their routes off the streets are limited. To maximize positive outcomes for this group, immigration advice and support to evidence or obtain secure immigration status and entitlements are key. Our specialist team of immigration solicitors is well placed to provide the necessary support.

Debbie Adler, our Immigration Advice Manager said: “We are keen to start working with this project and the first priority will be to help any of the young people who are EU nationals obtain status before the deadline in June. After that, they will lose their legal rights to live, work or access benefits in the UK.”

George O’Neill, Chief Executive of Cardinal Hume Centre said: “This is such a vital scheme.  There is real evidence that the number of people sleeping rough has increased in recent months. For many of those young people, their unresolved immigration status will be the key barrier to a secure home, employment and safety.  They need honest and professional advice, and we’re so glad to be able to play our part to prevent destitution or exploitation.”

You can read more about the project on the Greater London Assembly website.

 

New Horizon is seeking to appoint an individual, organisation or consortium for an external evaluation of ‘Hotel 1824’. Together with our partners we aim to take the learning from this project to make sure the needs of young people facing rough sleeping remain acted upon.

The budget for this work is £25,000, inclusive of VAT and expenses. Pending resources, we are considering commissioning a cost-benefit analysis. Please indicate an additional budget for this work should this be of interest to you.

If you are interested in applying then you can do so via the New Horizon Youth Centre website. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 10am.