Safe homes for six Afghan families
3 September 2021
Six Afghan families will be offered safe homes in Powys following positive discussions between the county council and housing associations, it has been announced.
Last month the county council said it would be offering three homes to families fleeing their country after helping British forces as part of the Home Office Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Programme.
The county, which has been successful in helping settle Syrian families fleeing the war-torn region, has now agreed to provide six following positive discussions with housing associations partners.
Cabinet Member for Housing Iain McIntosh said: "As the crisis continues to unfold in Afghanistan and, following on from the support and sanctuary our communities in Powys have offered refugees in the past, I am very pleased that we are now able to offer homes to six vulnerable Afghan families fleeing the country. I'd like to thank our housing association partners for helping to safely accommodate the extra families, who I am sure will be welcomed by Powys residents."
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander added: "We have all been touched by the plight of those whose support for our armed forces meant that they could not safely remain in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. We proud to welcome some of these people to Powys where we can support them as they recover from this acute crisis in their lives."
Powys has a strong military heritage and a proud record of helping vulnerable refugees fleeing some of the world's hostile regions. It is providing safe homes to Afghan families who are at risk because they helped our forces. The Cabinet believe this is the right thing to do and an action that residents would support.
Local authorities across the UK have been asked to help resettle up to 3,000 people made up of those who were employed by the British forces and their families. The Home Office will be responsible for sourcing initial temporary accommodation, and funding COVID quarantine arrangements which will be needed when they arrive in the UK.