The Housing Justice Hosting Scheme has been operating in London since September 2015. Housing Justice has, however, been co-ordinating the London Hosting Network for many years, which works with a number of hosting projects including Praxis, Sanctuary Hosting, NACCOM, Refugees at Home and the Jesuit Refugee Service among others, accommodating guests with no recourse to public funds.
As part of the unprecedented public response following the front-page pictures in 2015 of five-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned off the coast of Turkey. Housing Justice and other schemes providing hosting were inundated with phone calls and emails from people who had space in their home and wanted to help.
If people don’t have a spare room but would like to support the project, we encourage donations to our fund which provides guests with £25.00 per week hardship funding if they have no other source of income
- As of the end of August 2019, over 27,000 nights’ hosting had been provided by the Housing Justice hosting scheme
- We currently have around 50 registered hosts, with 28 guests currently on the programme (some hosts are only available for short term placements and others are not currently able to host).
- There have been almost 70 guests placed (some more than once if their first host needed the room back)
- 28 people have moved on successfully from hosts, either to NASS accommodation, friends and family or other longer-term accommodation
- We have 10 people (both men and women) on our waiting list at the moment but the need is greater than this and when we are able to recruit more hosts, we will be able to accept more potential guests.
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To find out more about how you can get involved, contact the Hosting Co-ordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 07827 947 016