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.

The Quality Mark for an existing shelter costs £750 and support includes expert on-site assessments, evaluation through an expert panel development of an action plan to meet the criteria and on-going support with a dedicated member of the Housing Justice CCNS team.

In addition to the Quality Mark, Housing Justice also facilitates a series of forums for Shelter co-ordinators, you can find dates for the London, Coventry and Birmingham forums via the respective links.

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Night Shelter Databank

Each year, Housing Justice collates information from shelters in the Housing Justice CCNS network to provide an impact report of the work the shelters do during the season. This is crucial work as guests staying in a night shelter are not included in the annual rough sleeper count or estimate that each local authority has to provide in November. Nor are they included in the statistics about people who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

You can find out about how to collect winter shelters data in this webinar

The 2016/17 report will be published in Winter 2017.

Previous reports are available here