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HOUSING CRISIS: Ukrainian refugee is concerned over housing as stay with Radlett hosts nears end

 Published on: 22nd September 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Ukrainian refugee who lives and works in Radlett is facing a housing crisis as her temporary placement comes to an end. 

Tanya Duz, along with many others who fled their war-torn homeland as a result of the Russian invasion, worry that when their host placements end, they will be left without somewhere to live.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme was introduced to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, and placements were initially set at six months. 

Tanya has been searching for rental properties for a few months but hasn’t had much success and is concerned that she doesn’t have much time left. 

Tanya, who works at bagels + schmear in Battlers Green Farm, is a valuable member of the team and founder of the bakery Francesca Goldhill wants to raise awareness of those in a similar situation.

Francesca said: “Tanya’s part of our family now. I would be heartbroken if she had to leave in these circumstances.”

A spokesperson for Hertsmere Borough Council said: “Under government guidance, Ukrainian refugees can apply for benefits, such as Universal Credit. A Help to Claim service is provided by Citizens Advice for anyone struggling to make a claim.

“In the meantime, we’re working hard to support Ukrainian refugees, who are facing uncertainty as their six-month placements come to an end.

“Currently, the government advice, which we would urge all Ukrainian refugee families to follow, is to try to find a new host and/or look into renting private-sector accommodation.”

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