Further homes found for Afghan families in Essex

Further homes found for Afghan families in Essex

Four new housing offers in Essex are being made to families from Afghanistan. The offers are being made in Epping Forest, Chelmsford, Tendring and Uttlesford. They have been secured thanks to the continuing efforts of the Afghan Refugee Task Force.

Another Afghan family is now also in a home and resettlement support has commenced. Across the Essex County Council administrative area, there are seven families who have started their new lives.

Councils across the county are making further positive progress securing further suitable housing. City, district and borough councils are now working on four new offers in Essex. If approved these offers could be available next month. They will be prioritised for the remaining families in the three bridging hotels.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has already approved one home for use in the borough. Four more houses are being assessed by the Home Office with another three in the pipeline.

Thurrock Council has one family now settled in the borough. One family have been matched to a home and three properties have been submitted to the Home Office.

You can make an offer of a property by contacting your local council or using the Government Afghanistan Housing portal.

Chaired by ECC’s Leader, Cllr Kevin Bentley, the Task Force was set up last month to ensure that suitable, sustainable housing is found for Afghan families in Essex.

Last updated 10 November 2021