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, return 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 charity to survive. Through Action Hosting and Action Housing we provide accommodation and support to this extremely vulnerable group. However, there are over 150 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.