A number of different organisations in the UK and Ireland are registering offers of accommodation and helping those who are matching offers of hosting with local needs.
The Irish Red Cross are collating voluntary pledges of houses, apartments and even rooms to support the Irish Government’s commitment to resettle 4,000 refugees before the end of 2017.
Accommodation must be in a town, with easy access to facilities and served by regular public transport. The database of pledges will be matched against the needs of refugees leaving the network of government-run Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres and moving into the community. Churches will also have a role enabling the welcome and integration of refugees into selected communities alongside other voluntary and statutory organisations.
The Boaz Trust is a Christian charity serving destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester. Dave Smith founded the Boaz Trust in 2004, after meeting growing numbers of destitute asylum seekers who had no recourse to public funds and no where to turn for help.Founded by Dave Smith in 2004, they aim to end asylum destitution and want to see people who are seeking sanctuary in the UK leading fulfilling lives.
To this end we provide accommodation and support for destitute asylum seekers and refugees, and speak up with asylum seekers in campaigning for a more compassionate asylum system.
Dave Smith founded the Boaz Trust in 2004, after meeting growing numbers of destitute asylum seekers who had no recourse to public funds and no where to turn for help.The charity is motivated by Jesus’ instructions to care for the poor and marginalised in our society. The charity’s name taken from Boaz in the Book of Ruth: the man who welcomed Ruth as a foreigner in the land and showed her kindness.
Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March, the Boaz Trust accommodated a total of 201 refused asylum seekers and refugees (52% female, 48% male) from 28 different countries.
NACCOM (No Accommodation Network) grew out of an informal network of voluntary organisations that began in 2007 and became a national charity in 2015.
It’s aim is to bring an end to destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with no recourse to public funds living in the UK. They have projects in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NACCOM promotes best practice in and supports the establishment of accommodation projects that reduce homelessness amongst asylum seekers and migrants.
They have published a report about the number and type of accommodation offered, the number of people they’ve helped, and a breakdown of nationalities.
Citizens UK organises communities “to act together for power, social justice and the common good”. Their focus is in London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Birmingham, Wales and Leeds. One of their objectives is to “develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities of Britain and Ireland in such a way that such members are better able to identify and meet their needs and participate more fully in society”.
To help local authorities who are willing to host resettled refugees but have not been able to identity accommodation, Citizens UK are seeking landlords in the private rented sector to join their Homes for Resettled Refugees Register. Specifically they are looking for people who own a family-sized rental property in the UK and would be willing to offer it under a three year tenancy to a Syrian refugee family if it is vacant when there is demand in their area.