Room for Refugees is an initiative of Positive Action in Housing set up in 2003/4. The scheme was a response to the problem of destitution and provides short to medium term emergency and humanitarian relief.
The scheme began in response to the increasing numbers of destitute refugees coming to our drop in surgeries. They were being left without basic human needs e.g. food, shelter, financial means, emergency hostels, the right to work and recourse to public funds.
This problem of enforced destitution as a way of forcing people to leave the UK is not working. More and more refugees are being left destitute. We want to prevent vulnerable people from being forced to return to unsafe countries due to the dire situations they found themselves in … It makes a difference by giving vulnerable people the breathing space to assess their options and secure the support needed to gain a positive decision on their asylum claim or be granted ‘Leave to Remain’.
As of February 2016, Rooms for Refugees have 2,800 refugee hosts. And in the year since April 2015 they have provided over five thousand nights of shelter to refugees in Scotland, England and Wales.
Details about how to sign up as a potential host are on the Room for Refugees website.