Do you have a spare room? Would you like to help someone who is homeless?
Hosting may suit you!
Action Hosting was set up following people’s desire to help refugees when the migrant crisis grew over the summer of 2015. The project matches volunteers offering a spare bedroom in their home with a destitute asylum seeker for an agreed period of time. To date this project has provided over 2,500 nights of accommodation to vulnerable destitute asylum seekers living in Tyne and Wear!
What is the need? Who does the project support?
Action Hosting provides accommodation and support to destitute asylum seekers with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). Beneficiaries have had their case for asylum refused by the Home Office but cannot, for a number of reasons, be returned to their home country. Refused asylum seekers have no access to mainstream benefits including welfare and housing and it is illegal for them to work. As they are unable to support themselves many become destitute, some become street homeless and all are entirely reliant on the support of charities to survive. Through Action Hosting and Action Housing we provide accommodation and support to this extremely vulnerable group. However, there are over 140 destitute asylum seekers in Newcastle alone in need of our service who we do not currently have the capacity to support.
All asylum seekers are referred onto the project by other agencies after which we complete a police check and risk assessment. We will not place a female guest in an all male household, nor a male guest in an all female household. All beneficiaries receive regular support from an Action Foundation Support Worker to support their integration, access to English classes and volunteering opportunities and explore their options for the future.
Action Hosting Volunteers
We are continuously looking to recruit new volunteers to join this project and enable us to increase the number of vulnerable asylum seekers we are able to support. All volunteer ‘hosts’ receive a full day of training prior to receiving a ‘guest’ and are supported throughout their involvement with the scheme. The role of the host is to provide ‘guests’ with a warm, supportive, safe environment to sleep in with access to kitchen and bathroom facilities. Each arrangement between a host and guest is unique depending on their circumstances and Action Hosting staff are happy to discuss how Hosting could work for you!