Re-launch of the Clergy Hosting Scheme

Re-launch of the Clergy Hosting Scheme

13 October 2021 by Pattie Gercke in Refugee & Asylum.

Could you help a asylum seeker by giving them a safe space to rebuild their lives for a few months?

The terrible situation in Afghanistan that unfolded over the summer has raised the profile of the need for safe and appropriate housing for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

In response, we are running this in-person relaunch of our Clergy Hosting Scheme.

The scheme is run in collaboration with Housing Justice and supports clergy (or anyone with a spare room) in London to provide temporary accommodation for homeless migrants and refugees while their asylum or immigration case is being heard.

what does Clergy Hosting involve?

It involves offering a spare room for an asylum seeker for 3-12 months.

The placement is all managed through Housing Justice, with plenty of checks and balances to ensure that it works for everyone.

It doesn’t take up much time for the host, just a willingness to share their space.

The person who’s placed with the host has other support from specialist organisations, to ensure the host doesn’t end up as “case worker”.

Some of the most common FAQs are answered here.

Come and find out more!

Come and join us on Thursday 9th November from 10-11.30am to find out more about the scheme. We’re grateful to our friends at Holy Sepulchre Church Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ for hosting us. You can find the venue here.

It will be relaxed morning with coffee and pastries, providing the opportunity to hear from Housing Justice and current hosts about how the scheme works, and to ask any questions.

Do book so we know how many to expect and we really look forward to meeting you then.

Pattie Gercke

Pattie Gercke

Pattie is the Compassionate Communities Development Worker for Refugee& Aslyum Seeker response, Housing & Homelessness. She has a background in international development and is completing an MA in Development and Emergency Practice. She is passionate about issues of justice, hospitality, and community.

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