Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) is a charity that has worked with people who have arrived in Kent as unaccompanied asylum seeking children for the last 17 years. We aim to do all we can to support the amazing young people we work with to be happy, healthy, and to integrate and thrive in our communities.
Like many places in the country Kent faces a housing crisis. The young people we work with are entitled to be housed until they are 21, but at that point they are expected to find their own places to live. This is a difficult task at the best of times but is almost impossible in the current housing shortage. Before the pandemic we dealt with a number of cases of young people who had ended up homeless after turning 21 and being asked to leave their accommodation. Thanks to donations we were able to provide some emergency housing and work with the young people to help them find suitable places to move to.
At the moment no one is being asked to leave their accommodation because of Covid. But we think that we will be looking at up to a hundred young people turning 21 and being asked to leave next year.
We want to prepare for that by employing a specialist housing case worker, and building up a fund to make sure that we can provide emergency housing when needed.
We know times are difficult for many, and not everyone will be able to donate to this appeal. But if you are able to donate, or to share this appeal with your friends, you will be helping to ensure that young refugees in Kent don’t face homelessness when they turn 21.