DIFFICULT TO HOME
The Caritas International Integration Unit supports admitted refugees during the transition period between recognition of their refugee status – the end of material assistance in the host structures – and their first steps in Belgium, often the beginning of the financial assistance granted by the CPAS.
Access to housing is particularly complicated for refugees who have just been admitted: with only two months left to leave the shelter, they are confronted with various obstacles (language barriers, rental guarantee payment, affordable housing shortages, discrimination, etc.). Yet, housing is the sine qua non for starting a life in Belgium.
What we do
The Housing-Cafés teams accompany admitted refugees in their search for housing, from the first contact with the owner until the move and the first administrative steps.
Thanks to the “Housing-cafés” and our “solidarity-owners”, we propose a solution to the problem of housing and the difficulties encountered by refugees in finding decent housing. In this way, we encourage the meeting of supply and rental demand.