Room for Refugees
Refugee Hosting Network UK/USA

Thank you for your interest in hosting a family, individual or child from a refugee background in your home or property.

Please register your offer to begin the process!

About us - Room for Refugees was pioneered in 2002 in Scotland by a small charity called Positive Action in Housing (SC027577). The programme is fully operational in Scotland, England and Wales and assists groups and organisations assisting refugees to make fast referrals online in order to access potential hosts.The US Network has just begun with our first hosting in Chicago in November 2018. Once a person or family in need is referred online, we then screen and match refugees with potential hosts in almost any location you can imagine.

As of November 2018, we have over 7,200 registered hosts in almost every conceivable location in the UK, US and other locations. We always need new hosts. We have successfully arranged over 500 placements since 2015 and arranged 45,000 nights of shelter in 2017-18. Hosts and guests go through a screening process. We work in partnership with over 450 caseworkers from refugee and homelessness organisations. These include the British Red Cross, Refugee Council, Shelter, Scottish Refugee Council. Freedom from Torture, Migrants Organise, Helen Bamber foundation, PAFRAS and others. We always need and welcome new organisations to partner up with us in different geographical locations to make the programme work.

We estimate that government and charities have saved over £3 million in the cost of hosting refugees because of this programme. The pastoral support afforded is immeasurable. It has forged lifelong bonds between human beings and transformed lives. Elderly hosts find long term companions, Young families have adopted grandmothers, Older couples have adopted surrogate sons and daughters into their homes and helped them with their studies and future career. For guests themselves, we have seen people move their legal cases forward and gain refugee status because they have a safe space in someone homes from which to focus on their cases, rather than spend that time on daily survival.

This humanitarian resource has the capacity to make a life changing impact for:those affected by the Syrian refugee crisis
- unaccompanied child refugees in the UK and Europe and the US,
- refugees and those seeking asylum already in the UK and at risk of destitution
- long term destitute refugees who may have given up hope, and whom society has forgotten

The main purpose of this Programme is to offer free temporary shelter, pastoral support and build bonds of friendship and care between human beings while refugees attempt to find peace and stability in order regularise their status, rebuild their lives and become stable, productive citizens of tomorrow. This is especially important at a time when governments are building walls and fermenting anti-immigrant feeling.

Room for Refugees is not just a hosting network, it is also a growing worldwide movement of people who can collectively make change, and we are slowly building networks where hosts can meet and exchange ideas on how to support refugees locally. We encourage proactive casework, and crisis grants for food, travel, and humanitarian assistance for individuals.

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