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People in Bristol encouraged to help house refugees

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People in Bristol are being encouraged to help house refugees.

Mayor Marvin Rees has begun a campaign to find 25 homes for Syrian families in December, representing one for every day up to Christmas Day. Private landlords who agree to take on refugee tenants are being promised financial help.

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Citizens UK Bristol hopes the campaign will secure 25 homes for Syrian refugee families during December.

Landlords from the private rental sector are being asked to sign up to a scheme to house refugee families. The scheme offers guaranteed rent with no void periods for two years. The properties are also professionally managed by a letting agent at no additional cost to the landlords.

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As a City of Sanctuary, Bristol has long drawn on its collective strengths to support people who have been through terrible suffering and need complex support to rebuild their lives. Together we can - and must - do more. I know there is a lot of support out there for doing the right thing and recognition that many refugees have a lot to offer our city.

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

The campaign is backed by a variety of organisations and volunteers across the city, working with and on behalf of refugees.