You can make a real difference to asylum seekers and refugees this winter to help them through the current homelessness crisis. Every donation you make * to our Crowdfunder appeal will be doubled thanks to our friends at the Aviva Community Fund who are match funding our Crowdfunder this year. That means anything you give will have twice the impact.
Action Foundation has seen a six-fold increase in the number of people coming to us with nowhere to call home in the last three months alone.
Current Home Office guidelines mean newly recognised refugees get a 28-day ‘move on’ period which is simply not enough time for them to find a place to live. There is already huge pressure on homelessness prevention services which leaves councils on their knees and unable to help.
With sky-high private rents and a shortage of social housing, many people are literally left out in the cold.
Action Foundation manages 17 properties that we make affordable to new refugees. And it’s not just a roof over someone’s head. Each person (84 last year) is allocated a support worker to help them engage with education, training or employment; register with GPs and eventually move into independent living.
We also house destitute asylum seekers whose status is still being decided. Last year we supported 24 people with warm, safe housing who might otherwise have been at risk of exploitation on the streets.
Our Raise the Roof campaign will improve the support we offer to people making new lives here, from providing accommodation to helping them learn English and integrate fully into the community.
In the last year we’ve supported more than 2,000 people from 70 different countries.
* Every donation up to £250 will be match funded by the Aviva Community Fund