24th Aug, 2019

Resident donates house to Coventry charity to support homeless migrants

Felix Nobes 12th Aug, 2019 Updated: 12th Aug, 2019

AN ANONYMOUS resident has donated a house to a Coventry charity to help poverty-stricken migrants in the city.

The Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre announced today that a new four-bedroom house will soon be available to those seeking its help.

The charity praised the generosity of the donor who offered the home to staff last week.

It said the new accommodation will help it provide support to less fortunate migrants who fall into homelessness or destitution.

The charity’s communications officer Sahar Sharifi said: “Giving basic human rights to those who spend nights on the streets or are forced to sofa surf, this four bedroom house will accommodate some of the most vulnerable, destitute clients who visit our centre regularly.

“This generosity will be a lifeline and provide them with temporary respite from what is a demoralising state of affairs.

“We would like to recognise the outstanding generosity and spirit of this anonymous supporter who walked into our centre to give to people in great need.

“It is acts like these, great and small, providing financial and moral support that allows us to continue our mission.

“It means the world to us and our vulnerable clients.”

The service is commissioned by the council to manage the city’s refugee population and has been a vital lifeline for refugees coming to the city for more than two decades.

It says its aim is to help asylum seekers, refugees and migrants rebuild their lives and make positive contributions to the city.

As we reported, in 2017/18 there were more than 1,200 cases of destitution or extreme poverty among those the charity supported.

The figure had risen significantly on the previous two years – increasing by three quarters since 2014/15.

The majority of the people it supports are young adults aged between 18 and 39.

The charity’s advice team helps over 1,500 clients a year who present with a wide range of issues from homelessness to fleeing domestic violence.

The centre also provides more than 40 places of accommodation for people with no money to support themselves.

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