Enabling the church to house the vulnerable.
‘Hope Into Action,’ has a vision for every church in every community, to provide accommodation and support for at least two vulnerable homeless adults.
‘Hope Into Action’ began, when a group of Christians opened a house for an ex-offender and an ex heroin addict. The house was linked to the local church who offered pastoral support, ultimately seeing the first tenant get baptised and the second become a Street Pastor. In less than two years they opened a further eight houses, with a number of others in the pipeline, and a passion to see churches across the country replicate the same model.
Helping people out of poverty is full of challenges, but one of the root causes of poverty is often a deficit of love and relationships in lives. The homes ‘Hope into Action’ offer are tools to enable the church to reach people and meet their deeper, relational needs and then transform lives. This is not a short-term commitment. Volunteers will need to be willing to give time to build relationships with those who are housed. They must be willing to work through any setbacks and deal with disappointment along the way, but there is great opportunity to see God transform people’s lives.
How easy is it to replicate this idea?
If your church is thinking about buying a house for vulnerable people then get in touch with ‘Hope Into Action,’ and they will be able to advise you on housing regulations, assessments of tenants, management of clients, housing benefit, rent collection, tenancy agreements and tenancy law, investor input and returns, and much more. They will also train your church members in mentoring skills and guide them in their relationships with the tenants in the house.