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Working with the Cambridge HUB Social Innovation Programme

posted 30 Jan 2017, 14:03 by Leonie Anna Mueck   [ updated 30 Jan 2017, 14:03 ]
Cambridge City Council has pledged to resettle 100 Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, expanded  in 2015. From our experience of the past year, it is clear that the bottleneck to make this pledge reality is finding suitable accommodation for the resettled families.  CRRC is currently running a housing campaign for that purpose. Over the past year, a CRRC subgroup has been reaching out to various organisations, incl. housing associations, real estate agents and faith networks with the goal to find landlords who are prepared to let their properties to refugees. To date, we have found about half a dozen properties, but finding more properties quickly would facilitate the process of resettling refugees in Cambridge and put pressure on the council to increase the pledged number of Syrians to be resettled here. Hence we are currently trying to expand that housing campaign.

We are working with the Cambridge HUB as part of their Social Innovation Programme with the aim to come up with innovative policy proposals that CRRC can campaign for, so the Cambridge City Council meets (and possibly exceeds) its goal of resettling 100 Syrian refugees in the Cambridge area within the next 4 years, with a special focus on housing provision. One core question of the project is how to incentivize private landlords to rent their properties to the council in order to house refugees.  Landlords receive local housing allowance rates which means a significant reduction from what could be expected on the private rental market. We explore the ways to incentivize private landlords to rent to the council for the purpose of resettling refugees. 

The Cambridge Hub Social Innovation Programme combines research, consultation and critical thinking with practical training and support, in order to foster increased student awareness about social issues and establish innovative social initiatives.

Read more about the programme here: