About the Project

The Public Interest Law Centre’s EEA homeless rights project was set up to monitor and defend the rights of homeless EEA nationals around Brexit. Our focus is on developing strategic challenges to policies and practices that infringe the rights of vulnerable EEA nationals living in the UK. In 2019 we are also building the capacity of frontline organisations to defend the rights of homeless EEA clients and supporting homeless individuals to navigate the new EUSS (Settled Status) scheme

Strategic Litigation

As a result of our work in the first year of the project, we have identified a number of issues and themes that may develop into legal challenges.

In 2019 are meeting with frontline staff and specialist agencies to identify other key issues for EEA homeless nationals and those advocating on their behalf. These sessions will explore the major challenges frontline advocates, and EEA homeless people themselves, are facing. It will also inform our litigation strategy moving forward.

If your organization works with homeless EEA nationals and would be happy to meet with us, please get in touch.

Phone Line, Advice & Support

We continue to offer telephone advice to homeless EEA nationals who are not accessing frontline services as well as offering second-tier advice to those who advocate on behalf of homeless EEA nationals. We can also give second-tier advice by email (click here for referral form).

We will continue to work with grassroots and community-based organisations to build their capacity to defend the rights of EEA homeless people.

We may be able to take on a very limited number of complex cases for casework, though this is likely to be restricted to cases that inform our strategic litigation.

Information & Training

We are developing information resources for frontline staff around key issues relating to the rights of EEA homeless nationals. We have produced the attached information sheets on the EUSS Settled Status Scheme (currently in English, Polish and Romanian) and an information sheet on healthcare entitlements for EEA nationals.

We would like to hear from frontline workers and other practitioners about what other information resources or training would be useful.

 EUSS (Settled Status) Scheme

The EU Settled Status scheme opened fully on 30th March, despite ongoing uncertainty around the UK’s relationship with the EU beyond that date. We are running information sessions for EEA homeless nationals at grassroots and community organisations throughout 2019. We will be working with selected organizations to assist EEA homeless nationals with Settled and Pre-Settled Status applications. Please contact us at office@pilc.org.uk for more information.