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Project information

Faith in Affordable Housing (FIAH)

At Housing Justice we have tried and tested a scalable solution to deliver more affordable housing in Wales with our Faith in Affordable Housing project (FIAH). This project helps churches with surplus land or buildings to partner with housing associations to develop affordable housing.

November 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Housing Justice

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  • Need


    250,000 new homes need to be built each year to accommodate the housing need across the UK. Last year only half of these homes were built. There is strong evidence that homelessness is increasing throughout Wales. During 2016-17, 9,210 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness and 10,884 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation.


    Across the main denominations in Wales, approximately 200 church buildings become redundant each year, and this number is likely to rise. In addition, there are many church halls, vicarages and other buildings owned by churches that become redundant. Rather than selling these church sites on the open market, churches can provide affordable homes for

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Coordinating and supporting the night shelter network


    » Training and supporting the night shelter network to lead a coordinated and effective response to tackling homelessness

    What success will look like

    An annual report of Night Shelters’ statistics and other projects initiated will be produced for publication and dissemination.

  • Impact


    Long term change: Increase the provision of emergency bed spaces through night shelter projects to reduce rough sleeping in London.
    • Regular supervision and liaison between the London Coordinator, the HJ Director and the Quality Mark Worker.
    • Feedback from Night Shelters’ coordinators and senior volunteers who attend HJ Night Shelters Forum and HJ training days.
    • A robust and thorough annual evaluation of the impact of the programme, conducted by the Project Coordinators and HJ Director .


    Lessons learned from the project will be disseminated to these and any new members through regular Night Shelter Forum meetings, through our e-news (distributed to over 3,000 relevant organisations, Churches and individuals) and a page on our website dedicated to Night Shelters and their activities.


    We will give updates on our social media, write to donors with updates on our successes and they will also be able to read our annual Night Shelter impact report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,182

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,789 Night shelter co-ordinator Full time salary for Welsh Night Shelter Coordinator
      £3,500 Other direct costs e.g. Staff travel and subsistence
      £5,893 Overhead contribution 15%

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Beatrice Laing Charitable Trust £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    FIAH is built on partnership working, but due to geography, it is logistically difficult to have an impact across Wales with one member of staff. We are therefore seeking to secure funding to employ a new full time development worker based in North Wales to expand our FIAH project and work in partnership to develop a network of shelters for people who are rough sleeping.


    Beneficiaries will benefit in the following ways:
    -They will be able to access accommodation that is permanent, not temporary.
    -They will be able to have an element of choice in where they live
    -They will be offered support to maintain their tenancy if needed

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Housing Justice is the only national non-denominational Christian voice on housing and homelessness. We are therefore in a unique position to work across Christian communities to encourage and assist them in finding their path to respond to Jesus' teachings. We have the mechanisms in place for cross-denominational work, and a track record in assisting Christians developing vital communities that enrich them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jessica Thompson

    Fundraising Development Coordinator

“Thank you for the fantastic work that Housing Justice and the Church Winter Night Shelters do. I have been impressed by the work you have been leading across the country to make church and community night shelters genuine places of change for those who do not have anywhere else to go.”

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Communities and Local Government and Minister for Faith January 2017