Supporting asylum seekers in hosts’ homes
Destitute asylum seekers have no access to statutory housing or financial support and are entirely reliant on the support of charities to survive. We match volunteers offering a spare bedroom in their home with a destitute asylum seeker for short-term placements enabling them to live with dignity.
The project is ongoing
Charity information: Action Foundation
There are over 140 destitute asylum seekers living in Newcastle in need of safe accommodation that we currently do not have the capacity to support. Destitute asylum seekers are particularly at risk of exploitation and extremely vulnerable to homelessness. Research has identified that destitution has significant effects on asylum seekers causing issues with health and mental well-being and creating barriers between meeting their basic needs including accessing cooking and hygiene facilities.
Through Action Hosting we aim to minimise the issues destitution creates through providing a safe, comfortable and private place to sleep in the home of a fully trained volunteer host. Beneficiaries will have access to washing facilities, access to cooking and food storage facilities and be provided with travel vouchers to ensure they are able to attend legal or healthcare appointments. They will also receive regular practical and emotional support from an experienced Support Worker.
Provide safe and secure accommodation to vulnerable destitute asylum seekers
Activities» Recruit and train volunteer hosts through running information open evenings and regular training sessions
» Match destitute asylum seekers with a host household appropriate to their needs
What success will look like
Success will be accommodating 20 asylum seekers in the homes’ of volunteer hosts and training up an additional 25 households to ensure the project is sustainable.
Support asylum seekers to integrate, socialise and improve health and well-bring
Activities» Each beneficiary will receive one-to-one support from their Support Worker during monthly meetings.
» We will provide practical support beneficiaries to enable them to access other services to increase their confidence and support network
What success will look like
Through feedback forms, interviews and case studies beneficiaries will demonstrate increased social inclusion, confidence and independence.
This project will reduce the number of asylum seekers homeless in Tyne and Wear and raise awareness and support for the issues they face. Over the next two years, through working closely with other organisations around the UK, we will provide a framework for hosting schemes which can be replicated and therefore reduce the suffering of destitute asylum seekers nationwide.
There is a risk that we will not recruit enough households who meet the current needs of the beneficiaries (we will not place beneficiaries with single hosts of the opposite gender). This could cause delays in matching. We have dealt with this risk by only taking onto the scheme beneficiaries who we know we have the capacity to support.
We can provide project progress reports every 6 months detailing the number of asylum seekers supported, number of new volunteers and evidencing the impact of the project. These reports can be accompanied by photos and case studies if appropriate.
Budget - Project Cost: £37,981Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £27,060 Project Salary Salary for Action Hosting project co-ordinator £6,600 Project costs Volunteer training days, weekly travel tickets for beneficiaries £4,321 Overheads costs Support salaries, admin
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust £4,000 Guaranteed
Action Hosting operates in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. There is little data on the exact numbers of destitute asylum seekers living in the region but in Newcastle alone we know there are over 140 (The West End Refugee Service is currently supporting 140 individuals through their hardship fund). We are the only organisation providing this type of support and accommodation placements in the region.
This project will support destitute asylum seekers with no recourse to public funds living in Tyne and Wear. Beneficiaries will all be adults over the age of 18 from a range of backgrounds and with different needs and requirements.
We have been supporting destitute asylum seekers in the region since 2006 through a supported housing scheme. To increase our capacity we launched Action Hosting in November 2016. So far we have trained 23 host households and provided over 800 nights of accommodation to 6 destitute and vulnerable asylum seekers. We have developed a thorough and robust training process for both volunteer hosts and beneficiaries and have a dedicated project co-ordinator responsible for overseeing the project.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Lesley is the Action Hosting Project Co-ordinator and responsible for the day to day running of the scheme including recruiting and training hosts.
“Before [Action Hosting] I was in a very tough situation. They cut my support and my accommodation and I found myself on the street and I can do nothing about it. But now I feel like I am living like normal. Before I was surviving, now I am living.”