Families across Sefton have opened up their homes to welcome 73 Ukrainian people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Sefton is one of only 10 local authority areas in England where no homeless applications have been received from Ukrainians in their borough.
The kindness of local residents to support those who need help was revealed by Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, at last night’s full Sefton Council meeting.
In response to a question, she said: “Households that are participating in the Homes for Ukraine scheme and are hosting refugees from Ukraine have been provided with additional top up payments to help towards cost-of-living increases.
“The top up payments are staggered depending on the number of guests each sponsor is hosting.
“There are currently 63 Sponsors who are hosting Ukrainian refugees making them eligible for this top up payment.
“This has been a successful scheme, utilising the Homes for Ukraine tariff and has undoubtedly contributed to no Ukrainians presenting as homeless in Sefton. Sefton is one of only 10 local authority areas in England where no homeless applications have been received from Ukrainians in their borough.”
The current top up payments for Ukrainian guests is:
1 – £75
2 – £100
3 – £125
4 – £150
5 – £175
6+ – £200