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.

Approximately 80 night shelters across the country are currently in the Housing Justice Church and Community Night Shelter network. The network provides regular updates to existing shelters, and shares best practice as well as providing training and support. Housing Justice also produces a yearly impact report to demonstrate the difference made by the shelters in the network.

In the 2015-16 winter season shelters in the Housing Justice network offered hospitality and hope to 1920 people. Volunteers gave nearly half a million hours of shift time to welcome and support members of their communities experiencing homelessness. As a result of this work more than 500 guests were able to find more permanent accommodation and 137 of them found employment.  

For further information please feel free to email us at info@housingjustice.org.uk