The government has awarded Hart District Council £1.5 million to help secure longer-term accommodation for refugees living in the district.
The Local Authority Housing Fund is directed at authorities within England who have welcomed Ukrainian and Afghan families fleeing conflict and violence in their own countries.
The funding will allow the Council to provide extra affordable homes to address the immediate need and, in the long term, will be part of the supply of rented affordable housing for Hart residents.
The Council will work in partnership with a housing association, which will supply additional funding along with the government’s investment, to provide up to nine homes by November 2023.
Councillor Stuart Bailey, portfolio holder for Community, said: “We’re committed to supporting refugees who have come here to rebuild their lives. This government funding will secure much-needed housing for people who have lost everything and also boost the supply of affordable homes in the district.”