Housing Justice supports churches and other groups to set up, run and develop winter night shelters for homeless people. 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. We recommend that when a church first begins to host winter shelters, they start with a shorter time period of one month.
'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. If you are interested in starting a new shelter please contact us or visit the Housing Justice Quality Mark page of our website.