NACCOM, the UK-wide No Accommodation Network, was initiated in 2006 by Dave Smith of the Boaz Trust to bring together projects supporting destitute people seeking asylum. At the time, Boaz Trust was one of a growing number of volunteer-led initiatives organising practical responses to the needs of destitute people seeking asylum in the early 2000s, following successive changes to immigration legislation coupled with systems failures, which increased levels of destitution in the immigration system.
Some of these grassroots initiatives developed accommodation projects for people seeking asylum and other migrants with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), who have no resources to pay for accommodation and other costs.
NACCOM came together as a means of helping to coordinate and join up these initiatives, through shared learning and resources, and by 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 over 140 members across the UK (including Full members, Associate members, and Friends of NACCOM), and there are new organisations developing accommodation initiatives in different parts of the country every year.