**Covid-19 Update**  Please note we are open for referrals with a limited pool of hosts and extra precautions in place.  This will be regularly reviewed based on the national situation and government advice.

Criteria for Eligibility of Scheme

Generally, the following criteria apply:

  • Over the age of 18.
  • Requiring accommodation (post NRM, moving on from a Safehouse, needing the stability of a safe home for rebuilding independence or facing street homelessness.)
  • Ready to move on and begin to lead a more independent life.
  • Have a move on plan in place even if it is subject to change (Regular reviews of the placement will occur to ensure a move on plan.)
  • Have ongoing professional support in place.
  • We welcome people regardless of their race, colour, gender, gender expression, age, ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation and of all faiths and none.

Criteria for Eligibility of Scheme

Generally, the following criteria apply:

  • Over the age of 18.
  • Requiring accommodation (i.e. moving on from a Safehouse, needing the stability of a safe home for rebuilding independence or facing street homelessness).
  • Ready to move on and begin to lead a more independent life.
  • Have completed Move On Needs Assessment form.
  • We welcome people regardless of their race, colour, gender, gender expression, age, ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation and of all faiths and none.

The three groups we place with hosts are as below:

EU Individuals, Non EU with Leave to Remain & British Citizens

‘Job ready’ although no requirement to be employed.

Does not meet threshold for adult social services.

Needs low to medium support to live independently.

Lack of finances / access to public funds do not exclude these individuals from this scheme.

Non-EU individuals seeking asylum

Lack of access to public funds / employment does not exclude these individuals from this scheme.

Low to medium support needs.

Does not meet threshold for adult social services intervention.

Referral Process

Please see the Referral Process flowchart for more detailed information.

As the referrer, you will need to explain the scheme and discuss the referral with your client. They have no knowledge of us or our hosts, but they do know and trust you. Please explore the hosting options with them fully.

Different hosts have varying expectations and house rules. Once we have received your referral form and found a match, we will send you a ‘Guest Agreement’ (house rules) and  ‘Host Bio’ of the hosts so that you can discuss this with your client.

Please note we cannot guarantee having hosts available in certain locations.

Provision of Support

Hope at Home facilitates living arrangements by recruiting, supporting and training hosts. Hosts are also expected to have their own network of support.

We do not expect hosts to offer professional support or advocacy for their guests and so we work alongside other agencies who are able to offer this, coupling safe accommodation along with expert and well trained support for the guest.

The role of the host is one of practical support such as basic life-skills and encouragement to access other services.  Hosts are trained to signpost to other services if necessary.

Finances

We are able to provide hosting placements whether or not the individual has access to public funds.

If the guest is unable to claim any benefits or work in the UK, the hosts will be able to claim up to £50 per week for associated expenses e.g. travel costs and toiletries for the guest, extra groceries or heating bills.

Timescales

Please email referrals to referrals@hopeathome.org.uk.

As the referrer, please fill in the Referral Form as accurately and honestly as you possibly can.  Please do not ask your client to complete the form. Our hosts are welcoming strangers into their homes and will need as much detail as possible in order to undertake this voluntary arrangement.

Please note we are not an emergency accommodation service and aim to reply to referrals within 72 hours. If you have a specific time limit, please make this clear on the referral form.

Please contact us on:

Telephone 07877 447341  |  Email: helen@hopeathome.org.uk   |