Tenants offered €100 off rent if they help refugees set up home

Rochdale housingA housing corporation is offering tenants a €100 discount on their rent if they help asylum seekers set up home in the Netherlands.

The Trudo corporation, based in Eindhoven, says the ‘adopt a newcomer’ scheme will help people who have been granted asylum integrate into their new homeland, Omroep Brabant reports.

‘If refugees are given legal status we are required to house them,’ said director Thom Aussems. ‘We want to find someone in the housing complex who can help them feel at home in the neighbourhood and let them know the customs of our country.

‘They will be able to raise the alarm if they see something going wrong with their financial affairs, healthcare or education.’

Trudo said the idea had emerged from an earlier project in the city where students were given a discount if they spent 10 hours a week mentoring local children. Around 350 children were given support in this way.

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