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Housing:

Homes for Ukraine - Use this service to record your interest in becoming a sponsor. You can do this as an individual or as an organisation
https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

Refugees at Home offer a 'matching' service between hosts and arrivals https://www.refugeesathome.org/   

British Red Cross have published an info leaflet for Ukraine arrivals that includes information about different types of housing. https://www.redcross.org.uk/-/media/documents/get-help-as-a-refugee/ukraine/information-leaflet-for-ukrainians-arriving-in-the-uk.pdf

Shelter have created a Housing Guide for refugees and people fleeing war. https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/homelessness/housing_for_refugees   

Shelter also has an emergency helpline 03301 755 121 during opening hours if you are homeless, have nowhere to stay tonight, are worried about losing your home, or are at risk of harm or abuse in your home. https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/local_services/manchester   

Homeless England is the most comprehensive database of Homelessness services and helps individuals find local services.
https://homeless.org.uk/homeless-england/

Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) supports refugees at their drop-in Centre based in Moss Side. Their services are tailored to the needs of refugees, who understand the specific difficulties they face, which include language barriers, cultural issues, and lack of familiarity with British systems. Because of their experience, they also understand the interaction between immigration status and welfare and housing entitlements. https://mrsn.org.uk/refugee-integration-service/   

FreeMovement have published a breakdown of the different types of resettlements, with examples and visa schemes
https://freemovement.org.uk/new-statement-of-changes-to-the-immigration-rules-hc-1220-ukraine-ukraine-ukraine/

The Greater Manchester Ethical Lettings Agency is run by a group of housing providers with a long-established reputation for successfully managing tens of thousands of homes across Greater Manchester. They are committed to working with landlords to make more homes in the private rented sector available to tenants who really need them, while minimising risks to landlords through our proven and robust management approach.
https://www.letusgm.com/

Manchester Mind provide free and impartial advice on welfare benefits, debt and housing to people with mental health needs living in Manchester.
https://www.manchestermind.org/our-services/advice/


Bank Accounts:

Citizen's Advice can support people to open a basic bank account which has minimal requirements. Contact rachel.howley@citizensadvicegm.org.uk for update info about this. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/banking/getting-a-bank-account/  

Shelter can offer support on how to access or open bank accounts. https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/local_services/manchester   

Money Helper has compiled a resource page on fee-free basic bank account for those who don’t already have a bank account, or don’t qualify for a standard current account, and includes how to qualify for one, what documents are needed to open one, and how to use it.
https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/everyday-money/banking/basic-bank-accounts

MRSN’s Refugee Integration Service (RIS) is a provision especially for people who in the last 9 months have been granted Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Leave or other Leave to Remain status. You can get support and guidance around what steps to take now that you have been given the right to reside in the UK  https://mrsn.org.uk/refugee-integration-service/  



Legal Advice: 

Here for Good Law offers free legal advice for Ukrainians: https://www.hereforgoodlaw.org/ukraine  

People looking for free legal advice and support with UK immigration applications under any of the Ukrainian visa schemes can contact projectu@dlapiper.com or visit @ukraine_advice     

The Ukraine Advice Project offers Free UK immigration advice for people fleeing Ukraine  https://advice-ukraine.co.uk/   

MRSN’s Refugee Integration Service (RIS) is a provision especially for people who in the last 9 months have been granted Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Leave or other Leave to Remain status. You can get support and guidance around what steps to take now that you have been given the right to reside in the UK  https://mrsn.org.uk/refugee-integration-service/ 



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