Last updated: 20 December 2022 for page translations into Ukranian and Russian.

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Housing options

Ukrainian guests who have come to Dorset through the Homes for Ukraine scheme are staying with sponsors in their home for a minimum of six months.

Some sponsors may be happy to continue providing a home after six months while others may ask their guests to find another place to live. We ask sponsors to try to give their guests at least two months' notice if they can no longer provide a home at the end of the six months. We also ask that sponsors notify the council by emailing ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Please see below the different situations and the steps to be taken to address each one.

Sponsors

I will continue providing a home for my Ukrainian guest

Nothing needs to be done as the current arrangement can continue and the host will continue to receive the thank you payments. For months 7-12 there is an additional payment of £250 per month.

I no longer want my Ukrainian guest to stay in my house after six months but I know of another sponsor who can provide a home through a rematch

Please advise the Homes for Ukraine team on ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

The team can check the new sponsor is already registered and all checks have been completed. If it is a new sponsor, they will need to register. The team can then initiate checks prior to placement.

My guest would like to move to private rented accommodation

The guest may decide they prefer to find their own home in the private rented sector. The sponsor should advise ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk of this change and the new address. Help for moving into private rented accommodation is available from the Housing Advice team. Contact them at housinghelp@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

My home placement has broken down and I need to find a new home for my guest urgently

If a guest finds themselves needing support urgently as their home placement has broken down they should email ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

I am giving two months' notice to find a new home for my guest after the six month placement has ended

The sponsor should email ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk so the team can help the guest consider their options for the future. The sponsor should also make sure that the guest understands the hosting arrangement is coming to an end.

My guest would like to apply for social housing

Visit the Homechoice website for qualifying conditions and how to join the register. If the guest qualifies, they can bid to rent homes from housing associations, as well as low-cost home ownership properties.

There is a high demand for social housing across the whole of England and in Dorset. There is a long wait, so we cannot provide housing immediately.

I want help to find a new sponsor for my Ukrainian guest for the next six months or for the remainder of their one-year sponsorship

The sponsor should email ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk The Homes for Ukraine team will call on those who have expressed an interest on the Government's system to see if they can find a sponsor who can provide a home. If they cannot, they will help support the guest to find alternative accommodation.

 

Ukrainian Guests

My sponsor will continue to provide a home for me

Nothing needs to be done as the current arrangement can continue and your host will continue to receive the thank you payments. For months 7-12 there is an additional payment of £250.

My sponsor doesn't want me to stay in their house after six months however there is another sponsor who can provide a home through a rematch

Please ask your sponsor to contact the Homes for Ukraine team on ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

The team can check the new sponsor is already registered and all checks have been completed. If it is a new sponsor, they will need to register. The team can then initiate checks prior to placement.

I would like to move to private rented accommodation. Will I receive some support?

If you decide you prefer to find a home in the private rented sector, please ask your sponsor to advise ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk of this change and the new address. Help for moving into private rented accommodation is available from the Housing Advice team. Contact them at housinghelp@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

My home placement has broken down and I need to find a new home urgently

If a guest finds themselves needing support urgently as their home placement has broken down they should email ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk The team will work with you to consider your options.

My sponsor has given two months' notice to find a new home after the six-month placement has ended

The sponsor should email ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk so the team can help you consider your options for the future.

I would like to apply for social housing

Visit the Homechoice website for qualifying conditions and how to join the register. If the guest qualifies, they can bid to rent homes from housing associations, as well as low-cost home ownership properties.

There is a high demand for social housing across the whole of England and in Dorset. There is a long wait, so we cannot provide housing immediately.

I need help to find a new home for the next six months or for the remainder of my one-year sponsorship

Your sponsor needs to contact ukraineresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk The Homes for Ukraine team will call on those who have expressed an interest on the Government's system to see if they can find a sponsor who can provide a home for you. If they cannot, they will help support the guest to find alternative accommodation.

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