The most common model is the Rolling Church model, where a different church offers shelter and hospitality each night of the week. These churches are bound together as a Night Shelter by a common referral system, and offer a continuity of care in the way they look after their homeless guests.
The Shelter is geared towards offering Christian hospitality to homeless people including those who have been living on the streets. This hospitality is more than just tea and sympathy, more than a bed and safe shelter for the night. It also seeks to include a supporting and caring arm to help people to rebuild their lives: so we are making a real difference to people, offering through personal transformation the opportunity to ‘move on’.
For new projects there is a need for a steering group or management committee to share the development work: the innovation and sharing of ideas, each person bringing particular perspectives. This can take time but is essential, especially as the result is people from different churches and backgrounds working together effectively and bringing real change to people’s lives.
In financial terms, in the setting-up year, Housing Justice asks for a fee of £1,500 towards the costs of the series of meetings that draw the Shelter project together. This also includes Housing Justice membership.
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.
To find out more about starting a shelter project and to contact to one of our expert Shelter co-ordinators please click here.
Housing Justice offers a quality mark for Church and Community night shelters as a way of bench marking basic standards for shelters across the country and incorporate best practice in our work. Crucially, the Quality Mark is a recognised assurance to funders, local authorities, insurers, shelter guests and the local community that the shelter is run to the highest standard.Read more
Housing Justice supports churches and community groups to set up, sustain and develop winter night shelters for people experiencing homelessness. 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.Read more
Housing Justice helps to facilitate a series of forums that offer peer support and enable the sharing of best practice in both England and Wales.Read more