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No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) – Buckinghamshire

The Service

Our ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) service in Buckinghamshire was set up in October 2020, after a clear need was identified for people who were experiencing homelessness but could not access any state-funded support. Having ‘no recourse’ means you have lost or don’t have access to state-funded benefits and housing. People in this situation are often not allowed to work; neither are they eligible for benefits or public services except for basic health care. This leaves them at high risk of abuse and exploitation. There are different levels of ‘no recourse’, but it’s all tied to immigration status. Anyone who has a complicated status – the classic example is a failed asylum seeker, who is appealing their claim.

This service, partially funded by The Rothschild Foundation, aims to help people get their lives back on track. We help them access the support & advice they need to resolve their immigration status. This is often a very difficult process which can take several years.

We also offer a NRPF service in Oxfordshire.

What can we help with?

Working alongside Wycombe Homeless Connection, who provide us with a translator, we:

  • Help people to access food and clothes, check their welfare, and arrange health appointments if needed.
  • Help to find accommodation for people who don’t have access to housing and support them to sustain their tenancy.
  • Assist people to resolve their immigration status. This involves supporting asylum claims for those outside the EEA, and applications for settled status for those from within the EEA.
  • Create individual support plans to enable people to move forward, provide support to access trauma related therapies, and help to access employment opportunities to enable independent living.

Who is this service for?

This service is able to support individuals or couples who are over the age of 18, with no dependents, and who are subject to the ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ condition, experiencing homelessness in Buckinghamshire.

How do we work?

We provide a support plan for each client that focuses on their individual strengths and is tailored for them.

A Case Study

Walking the Whole Way

The NRPF project is designed to help people with ‘no recourse to public funds’. Those individuals are typically at the bottom of the pile, when it comes to accessing services. Covid kind of changed everything. During the pandemic, the Government had a scheme called ‘Everyone In’, which included this group. That raised a lot of…

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