De Wolden will receive about sixteen status holders in a villa along the Ommerweg in Zuidwolde. They are expected to live there for six months. After that, the owner of the property moves in himself.
According to the municipality, the neighborhood has now been informed by the owner. Two families will live there from November 17. The building will be decorated in the coming days.
De Wolden says he is realizing the shelter in order to reduce the pressure on the COA. After all, they accommodate thousands of status holders who cannot yet move to their future municipality, because there are often too few homes available.
That is why the hotel and accommodation scheme (HAR) was created. With this scheme, municipalities can offer residence permit holders accommodation in a hotel or holiday home until permanent accommodation is available.
In addition to the shelter for status holders, De Wolden is also busy looking for a location for the emergency reception of asylum seekers. The agreement was to realize this before 1 October, but the municipality is behind schedule.
Every municipality in Drenthe is setting up such an emergency shelter to relieve the pressure on the application center in Ter Apel. Asylum seekers go there to qualify for a residence permit