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Winter Shelters

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Location Tried: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: Variable depending on required equipment
Suggested frequency: Daily
Hosted by: Local Church
Activity: Community
Author: housingjustice
Published: 11/11/2014


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.


To provide somewhere for homeless people to go during the winter months. For churches to both house people and be a friend to them. Shelter in a pack equips churches to help homeless people through the winter months.


Homeless people are befriended and provided with needed accommodation and food at the coldest time of the year.

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