Wolverhampton group looks to buy own homes for refugees to take pressure off council

Rose Adderley and Laura Maton after speaking on the future of ACH.

A social enterprise is to start purchasing properties to harbour refugees and homeless.

Having celebrated their 10-year anniversary earlier this year, ACH is expanding to own homes instead of relying on council houses and landlords.

Rose Adderley, Marketing and Communication Assistant at ACH, said the step has been taken in order to accommodate more people.

She said: “We’re in the process of buying our own properties up here in the West Midlands.

“That’s the next big thing, because all of our properties beforehand, we never owned them.”

ACH was founded in 2008 by CEO Fuad Mahamed, who himself arrived as a refugee to the UK some 20 years ago.

The social enterprise has offices in Bristol, Birmingham and Wolverhampton and specialises in supporting, rehousing and integrating an estimated 2,500 people each year.

Laura Maton, office manager of their branch in Wolverhampton, further expressed plans to rent to families with the help of the city council.

She said: “We’re working with the homeless teams from the city council to rent to families where children are in social services, or to those who are staying in B&Bs.

“Whatever support that person needs, then they come over and talk to us about it.”

One of ACH’s recent success stories is 48-years-old Meli Tati, a Congolese woman who left her hometown of Kinshasa to escape what she described as ‘government persecution’.

“I was living in persecution from my government, I wasn’t secured or protected, I was exposed,” she said.

“I enjoy being here, ACH helped me a lot.”

Meli, is fluent in several languages, notably English and French, and holds a political science degree from the University of Kinshasa.

 

Rose Adderley (left) and Laura Maton (right) with success story Meli Tati (centre)

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