The Hosting Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for hosting schemes supporting destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. It offers practical support for setting up or developing a hosting project that provides accommodation for destitute migrants.
The Hosting Toolkit
Homeless Link, in partnership with the No Accommodation Network (NACCOM) and Housing Justice, have produced the first ever Hosting Toolkit, a comprehensive resource for hosting schemes that accommodate destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the intention of the toolkit is to enable the development of hosting as part of a wider ambition to prevent and reduce migrant destitution.
Why is this toolkit needed?
Migrant destitution, especially among refused asylum seekers, is a growing issue in the UK. The reality is that, despite the best efforts of the Home Office, many refused asylum seekers cannot be returned to their home country. Instead, they are left here in limbo – without access to mainstream welfare support that would provide an accommodation safety net.
Estimates of the number in the UK vary greatly, but it is probably between 50,000 and 100,000. Of these only 2,000 or so - a tiny proportion - are eligible for any statutory support at all.
In responding to people being left in this perilous situation, the Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution works with a variety of innovative organisations providing accommodation, from night shelters to housing schemes and empty vicarages. While not suitable for everyone, hosting is one way of providing a much-needed solution to migrant destitution for some of the UK’s most vulnerable individuals.
Aims of the toolkit
This toolkit covers:
- Introduction to hosting
- How to find and recruit hosts
- Launching your scheme
- Referrals and vetting of guests and hosts
- Developing the role of a hosting project coordinator
- Case studies of good practice from across the UK
Who is this toolkit for?
This guide is primarily for people who are considering becoming a host, or people who are considering setting up a scheme in their area. The information in the guide has been compiled from best practice from a number of schemes across the UK. It is also aimed at existing hosting projects, looking to expand or improve n their capacity to house destitute migrants.
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Innovation and good practice project manager
Patrick is an Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, working on a range of innovation projects across the homelessness sector. Previously coordinated the Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution (SAMD) project on behalf of Homeless Link.