All of our members are independent organisations and they all work differently. You can find out more about each organisation by visiting our Projects Directory which includes a map of members and a list of the main areas of work that each organisation does.
Housing schemes may support refugees (whose rent provides an income stream for the project), destitute people refused asylum and others who have no recourse to public funds. Examples of housing schemes include partnerships with Housing Associations, agreements with Landlord/Privately owned properties, Managed Properties, Church-owned properties and properties owned by the project (for instance, bought with donations from supporters).
Hosting schemes are typically comprised of networks of volunteers offering a spare room to someone who would otherwise be homeless, either on an emergency basis or for a longer period of time. Schemes operate differently in various towns and cities and there are also national schemes that work across the UK (Refugees at Home and Hope at Home) and match volunteers with those in need. We support new schemes to get established and develop their services – see the Hosting Toolkit for more details.
Night shelters provide a crucial source of emergency relief for those who would otherwise be street homeless. In some cases, bed spaces are available to destitute people refused asylum only but in other instances, bed spaces are offered to anyone in need. Some night shelters in the network are permanent but others are winter-only.
Our 2019-2020 annual membership survey, as detailed in our latest Impact Report, highlights that in 2019-20, 3,373 people, including 2,794 people who had been refused asylum, migrants with no recourse to public funds, and refugees, had been accommodated by NACCOM members in the last year.
Of the members involved in the survey, there were 32 housing schemes, 25 hosting schemes and 14 night shelters, collectively providing 423,552 nights of accommodation in 2019-20.