Resources

Our Resources page includes a regularly updated selection of reports and publications related to destitution. Please click on the links to find out more:

Hosting Toolkit

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This resource, launched in July 2017, has been produced by NACCOM and Homeless Link to support schemes accommodating destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants through hosting. The resource is designed to support the establishment of new schemes and promote good practice in existing schemes. Our thanks to Joseph Rowntree Foundation for funding the Toolkit, and to all the NACCOM Members who contributed with examples from their projects.

For more on the ambitions behind the Toolkit, please click here.

For more on hosting schemes already in operate within the NACCOM Network, please click here.

If you would like to receive a hard copy for yourself or your organisation, please contact us. You can also download the full PDF here, or view it below:


Other NACCOM Reports and Submissions

MIND THE GAP- Homelessness Amongst Newly Recognised Refugees

If you would like to receive a hard copy for yourself or your organisation, please contact us.

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Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2016-17

Our latest Annual Report contains analysis from the 2016-17 accommodation survey, focusing on rising needs and outcomes achieved across the network. It also includes an overview of our capacity building and awareness-raising activities and features case studies from service users and member projects. The report also includes an overview of our financial operations in 2016-17. If you would like to receive a hard copy of this report, please contact us.


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Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Report 2015-16

Our 2015-16 Annual Report contains a summary of our Vision document and an overview of our work and financial operations over the last year, alongside analysis from the 2016 accommodation survey.


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Tackling Homelessness and Destitution amongst Migrants With No Recourse to Public Funds - Lorraine Lois and Dave Smith

A Report on the Extent and Nature of Accommodation provided by NACCOM Member Organisations.

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Partner Reports

Tipping the Scales: Access to Justice in the Asylum System- Refugee Action and NACCOM

It is essential that people seeking asylum are able to access good quality legal assistance. Applying for refugee status is very complex and most people arrive in the UK with little or no experience of going through the legal system of their own country, let alone one they are new to and in a language they might not understand.

However, our research shows that changes to the legal aid system have left many people seeking asylum completely unable to access the legal support they need to make their case for protection from violence or persecution. This is denying justice to some of the most vulnerable people in our country.

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Out in the Cold- Homelessness Amongst Destitute Refugees in London - Jesuit Refugee Service

Troubling patterns of street homelessness and vulnerability to abuse amongst destitute refugees have been uncovered by new research from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK). The study finds that most of the destitute refugees attending the JRS UK Day Centre had slept rough at some point in the previous year, and one in five had been forced to spend more than a month on the streets.  More worrying still was that a third of those with accommodation reported not feeling physically safe there.

The research, undertaken just before Christmas, uncovered a widespread pattern of sporadic street homelessness affecting men and women of different ages and backgrounds who had fled to the UK for safety and sought asylum, but struggled to gain recognition of their status as a refugee.  Unable to leave the UK, yet barred from working and with no government support they were left destitute, often for many years, as they found themselves subject to the web of policies described by policy-makers as the “hostile environment agenda”.

Key Statistics:

62% experienced street homeless in the last year
36% feel physically unsafe in their
accommodation
47% have no regular place to sleep
87% do not feel in control of their accommodation
42% feel uncomfortable with those they live with

JRS have put together a comprehensive list of recommendations and advocacy actions alongside the report, please take a look below.

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Housing Justice Impact Report 2017 - Housing Justice

Housing Justice oversee a UK wide Church and Community Night Shelter Network which includes several NACCOM Members. Their recent impact report demonstrates the increasing need for night shelter accommodation across the UK including amongst refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. Statistics collated across the network show that of guests attending shelters, one in ten had no recourse to public funds.

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Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution Survey 2017

The Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution has produced a report outlining the scale and nature of destitution, types of support available, testimonies of service users and recommendations for future actions. A blog on the report’s findings can be found at the Homeless Link website.

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Asylum and Refugee Support: Civil Society Filling the Gaps? - Dr. Lucy Mayblin & Poppy James, October 2017

This report asks the question, ‘What is the scale of the refugee third sector response to gaps in the support regime for asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers and refugees?’ and explores the financial cost to the refugee third sector of poverty and destitution among these groups, including the scale of the sector and the number and needs of people that are being supported. It also looks at how third sector groups are funded and makes key recommendations for changes to the sector. NACCOM, British Red Cross, ASSIST Sheffield and Asylum Welcome all featured as case studies in the report.

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Models of Accommodation and Support for Destitute Migrants with NRPF - Produced for Housing Justice, NACCOM and Praxis by Ceri Hutton and Sue Lukes, April 2015


A resource for practitioners and groups who want to get involved in accommodating destitute migrants.

There are a range of projects across the UK which have highlighted the presence of destitute migrants and the need to develop responses to their humanitarian needs. These projects have also developed innovative practices that have the potential to inspire others. This resource identifies some of the elements of best practice in relation to these models.

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How to Improve Services for Destitute Migrants - Heather Petch, John Perry and Sue Lukes

This report explains the nature and urgency of the problems affecting destitute migrants, what solutions might work and how obstacles to helping them can be tackled. It also gives advice on overcoming legal obstacles to giving help to destitute migrants.

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Models of Immigration Advice - Gina Clayton, Sept 2015

This study focuses on the legal needs of destitute refused asylum seekers. It builds on a 2013 report published by Asylum Aid: Rethinking Asylum Legal Representation. It sits within the 2015 movement of the homelessness and advice sectors whose aim is to collaborate and end destitution among migrants, and is addressed to funders, strategists and also to destitution support organisations. It shows that organisations that provide accommodation and destitution support are well placed to increase access to, and thereby the effectiveness of, asylum legal advice.

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Publications by other agencies

Project 17’s ‘Hotel Fund’: Provision of emergency accommodation to families left street homeless following a local authority refusal of support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989- July 2018

Report: Project 17’s Hotel Fund

We have written a report on the experiences of the families who have benefited from Project 17’s ‘Hotel Fund’, which has provided accommodation to families left street homeless following a local authority’s refusal of support.

The report investigates the material and psychological impact on children and families left street homeless by refusals of local authority support, and the difficulties faced by families seeking to challenge local authority refusals. We also detail our work engaging with five different local authorities (Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley and Lambeth) to raise concerns about the impact on families being left unsupported.

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The provision of the Hotel Fund and the associated lobbying and research was funded by the Network for Social Change.

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