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NHAS assist charity in helping human trafficking victim into interim accommodation while local connection is assessed

Posted on 19/08/21 in Case Study

NHAS assist charity in helping human trafficking victim into interim accommodation while local connection is assessed

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Who got in touch with the advice line?

A charity worker who wanted to help their client into interim accommodation. The client was a victim of human trafficking with a disabled son. Both were extremely vulnerable.

The charity had approached the council to make a homeless application after being granted leave to remain and asked to leave their UKVI accommodation.

The council told the client they would need to apply to the council where they have a local connection. The client was at risk of violence in the area she did have a connection. The charity was concerned the client would have to remain in an area where she was at risk of violence, or be street homeless that night.

What we did

We advised the charity that the council had a duty to provide interim accommodation whilst they make enquiries into local connection and what duties they may owe the client.

Result

The charity got back in touch to thank us for our advice and support. The council had agreed to accept a homeless application and were placing the client, and her son, into interim accommodation that night.

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