Support for Ukraine
At Sovereign we share in the horror at the invasion of Ukraine and we want to do all we can to help refugees made homeless by war.
We are in contact with local authorities and we stand ready to work with them to support Ukrainian refugees' housing needs.
We welcome the government's Homes for Ukraine scheme and the overwhelming public response of our customers have already been in touch to find out if they can offer support to Ukrainian families through the scheme.
If you live in a Sovereign home and want to sponsor a family, we want to support you to do this and give you any permission you need. There are just a few things you need to consider:
- You need to have at least one spare bedroom to offer a family or individual in need.
- They will need to share access to the kitchen and bathroom facilities during their stay.
- Your home isn't part of a Housing for Older Persons scheme with an age restriction in place (for example, only age 55 plus)
- The government’s expectation is that you will commit to providing housing for a minimum of six months.
- You can’t charge rent during their stay with you – you will receive a ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month under the government’s scheme.
- This payment won’t impact your means tested benefits (such as Universal Credit or council tax benefits).
- There will be some checks carried out on your household by your local authority before matching you with a family, including background checks and an inspection of your home to make sure you have room.
- You can’t be in breach of any of your tenancy conditions (for example, have an outstanding gas safety check).
- You’ll need to let us know if you’re matched with a family, so that we can update your household details.
If you can commit to this and want to find out more about becoming a sponsor, you can visit the Homes for Ukraine scheme website for more information or read the frequently asked questions that the government’s made available.
We’ll be watching out for updates on the Homes for Ukraine scheme and posting information on this webpage and our Facebook page, so please keep a look out for this.
Don’t forget that you can also make a donation or help the people of Ukraine in other ways.