Accommodation for sanctuary seekers is a wide ranging issue and there are varying regional and local factors.
Asylum seekers can apply for accommodation from the Home Office while they go through the asylum process. This is provided by private contractors (see the section below on ‘Dispersal’). If someone is granted leave to remain, they are given 28 days to leave their asylum accommodation and find private rented accommodation or apply through mainstream housing services (see the section on ‘Help for New Refugees’ under Information for Sanctuary Seekers).
Report submitted by Tees Valley of Sanctuary to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, in response to the call for evidence on asylum housing (March 2018) – this report contains lots of quotes and case studies
Home Affairs Committee report on Asylum Accommodation (Jan 2017)
National Audit Office report on the COMPASS contracts (2014)
An article from the Indpendent covering an issue that received some coverage at the beginning of 2016 – a sub-contractor in Middlesbrough used red paint on front doors which made the asylum-seekers living there targets for hate crime – the doors have since been repainted! (Jan 2016)