Clergy Hosting is clergy offering hospitality to homeless migrants or refugees.
Capital Mass and the Diocese of London are working in partnership with Housing Justice to provide temporary accommodation for London’s destitute migrants and refugees while their asylum or immigration case is being addressed.
Already in London numerous Clergy have open up their homes and together they want to invite other church leaders across London to do the same. So the question is: “Do you have a spare room that you could offer as temporary accommodation for a homeless migrant or refugee whilst their asylum or immigration case is being addressed?” You could offer hospitality for a weekend, a week or a few months, depending on your circumstances.
Hosting offers a practical way for Clergy to provide the stability needed for destitute migrants and refugees whilst their case to remain in the UK is decided. Guests are referred to Housing Justice by recognised agencies operating in London and then Hosts are invited to offer hospitality in their season of need.
Before you agree to Host an individual guest, you will be informed about them and have a chance to meet each other, as the match process is key. As part of the induction process, both the host and guest sign a Hosting Agreement which sets out the boundaries of stay so all are clear. In essence, house rules.
Each guest through Housing Justice receives basic financial support each week.
More details here.
There is a Clergy Hosting Information Evening on Monday 16 January 2017 19:30 – 21:00 at St James' Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Details here.
Could this spread to other areas of the UK?
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