Standing with Ukraine

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Posted on7 Apr 2022

As a socially conscious housing association, we are extremely distressed by the conflict in Ukraine and stand with all those affected. More than a million people have fled their homes to escape the crisis, leaving everything behind. Over the last two years we have worked with the City of York Council and other partners to provide a safe, secure home for refugees from across the world and are looking into how we can do the same for those fleeing Ukraine.

We know that many of our residents are also keen to do what they can to help people being forced to leave their homes in Ukraine. We’ve outlined some ways to help below.

Donations

If you are in a position to donate money, the Disasters Emergency Committee which includes Oxfam, British Red Cross and other aid organisations, has set up a humanitarian appeal. Unicef has also set up an appeal to specifically protect children during the conflict. Please be careful only to donate to official campaigns, as we have been made aware of several scam collections.

Homes for Ukraine

Some of you have also been in touch to ask how you can help more directly, through the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. We’ve outlined some guidance and things to consider for those interested in this scheme.

If you rent your home from us, you will need to let us know before you sign up for the scheme so that we can check it is appropriate for your property. If you are interested in being a host, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you within two weeks. Completing the form should only take a couple of minutes.

  • You must have a spare, private room available to and be able to host for a minimum of six months
  • You must remain living in your home
  • You will need to register your interest in becoming a sponsor as part of the settlement scheme, and we will confirm you have done this before confirming you can host
  • Those who welcome Ukrainian refugees into their home will receive £350 a month from the government as a ‘thank you’ payment. This could affect your benefits so do check this before applying

Local support

See the links below for details of how you can help in your local area.

If you have family and friends in Ukraine, the government website has some advice.