NACCOM is a national network of members preventing destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.
It has been a national charity (CIO No: 1162434) since 2015 and an informal network of voluntary organisations since 2006.
NACCOM, the UK-wide No Accommodation Network, was initiated in 2006 by Dave Smith of Boaz Trust to bring together projects supporting destitute asylum seekers. Boaz was one of a growing number of volunteer led initiatives organising practical responses to the needs of destitute asylum seekers from the early 2000’s following successive changes to immigration legislation coupled with systems failures which increased destitution. Some of these grassroots initiatives developed housing projects for asylum seekers and other migrants with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and therefore, no resources to pay accommodation costs. NACCOM came together as a means of helping to coordinate and join up these initiatives, sharing learning and resources and providing mutual support and encouragement.
Accommodation provides a base enabling other practical assistance, in particular advice and casework support, to be more effective in supporting pathways out of destitution. In addition NACCOM members wanted to use their direct experience of alleviating destitution to campaign collectively, and with other organisations, for a better and more humane asylum and immigration system that did not leave people destitute.
NACCOM today has 38 full members, and there are new organisations developing housing initiatives in this field in different parts of the country every year. The organisation is now a registered charity with 2 part-time workers, a National Coordinator (0.4 FTE) and a Communications, Media and Advocacy Worker (0.4 FTE).
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