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Night Shelters

Winter Shelters

The short video, top right, gives a concise introduction to what a shelter is.

Housing Justice supports churches and other groups to set up, run and develop winter night shelters for homeless people. Typically a shelter is open from November to March and operates from a different church each night of the week. Guests are provided with a cooked evening meal, somewhere to sleep, and breakfast before they leave in the morning. Most shelters have a referral procedure and aim to help guests find accommodation and step back into settled society.

Shelter in a Pack is our toolkit for churches setting up new shelters. This is now provided as part of our package of support to new shelter projects.

If you are interested in starting a new shelter please contact us or visit our Housing Justice Quality Mark page.

If you are already involved in a shelter, we hope you might like to join our shelters forum: contact us for more information.  

Night Shelter IMPACT Report 2014 - 2015

Download it here >>>

Over the winter 2014-15, around 500 Churches, Church Halls, Synagogues and Mosques opened their premises for use as night shelters providing hospitality and support between October 2014 and May 2015.

2,171 guests were accommodated and an estimated 231,000 volunteer hours given to be alongside them through 70,000 separate volunteering attendances2.

List of Winter Shelters 

The 2016 list of London Winter Shelters is now available from the Homeless Link website here >> 

Outside London many winter shelters are listed on Homeless UK here>>







What's a shelter, then? short video
Church Shelters - a compelling case
Birmingham Churches
Winter Night Shelter Project - intro
shelters list 2015 link
welsh shelters pic
click pic for Welsh shelters