NACCOM is a national network preventing destitution amongst people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants.
It has been a national charity (CIO No: 1162434) since 2015 and an informal network of voluntary organisations since 2006.
Here’s our latest video which explains more about the impact of destitution on people’s lives, and how member organisations are responding in one part of the UK:
NACCOM, the UK-wide No Accommodation Network, was initiated in 2006 by Dave Smith of the Boaz Trust to bring together projects supporting destitute asylum seekers. At the time, Boaz Trust 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 accommodation projects for people seeking asylum and other migrants with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) who have 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 55 full members, and there are new organisations developing accommodation initiatives in different parts of the country every year.
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