Host a refugee child, family or individual in your home

Today we’re seeing the biggest movement of people to Europe since the refugee crisis following World War II. If you’ve come to this page because you want to respond to what you’ve seen on the news, thank you.  
The Room for Refugees Network helps men, women and children who are fleeing for their lives to rebuild their lives. 
With over 7,100 host families registered as of April 2018, we are proud to make this form of support commonplace in Europe.
Since 2002, we have placed thousands of people, for anything from a week to months and years and notched up tens of thousands of nights of shelter.
Many of those we’re trying to settle are from Syria. They’re also from Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Iran, and many other countries suffering war, human rights abuse and environmental catastrophe.
Showing hospitality is one of the most practical and powerful ways you can respond. 

Our hosts are from all backgrounds.

Regardless of wealth, status or celebrity, we respect our hosts’ privacy and treat everyone equally. We ask of similar standards from hosts, guests and caseworkers.
Our social media presence is limited.
Our primary focus is on consistently providing humanitarian support at a time when there are 23.5M refugees in the world and our governments are dismantling the human rights and refugee protections that were constructed in post war Europe.

 The Room for Refugees Network

A discrete and confidential refugee hosting network providing safe matching of children, women and men who are refugees, asylum seekers with Scottish and UK households*.


  • Provide safe shelter for people seeking refuge and pursuing their legal cases, who do not have recourse to public funds
  • Enable those moved by compassion and a sense of justice to offer space in their own homes or properties to someone in need
  • Bring hosts together in local networks to make their communities refugee friendly and aware.


The Room for Refugees Network is well connected, receiving referrals from the British Red Cross, Refugee Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Freedom From Torture  and almost 400 established refugee and asylum advice agencies.
Our biggest demand for hosting is in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London and surrounding areas. We are always looking to increase the number of hosts as these are the areas of largest asylum populations in the UK. We regularly arrange hosting in cities, towns and villages across the rest of Scotland, England and Wales.
We also offer “respite hosting” so that households living in outlying rural areas can experience the benefits of hosting. And even if hosting is not possible, we are bringing together local  Refugee Host Networks.
The US hosting programme is still in development. We have around 2,000 hosts registered in the US and are looking to partner with refugee organisations in New York to start with who can help us to screen guests. 

 It’s about removing the borders from our hearts and our minds.

Having a refugee family or individual to stay with you while they try to get their lives back on track is one of the most practical, life-enriching things you can do for yourself and for people who find themselves in a crisis situation.
Our Hosts offer breathing space to families and individuals to work out their options, and get paperwork in order, so that they can begin the process of finding work, education, rebuilding their families, their lives and their future.
As a “refugee host”, you decide how long you can offer a spare room  or property, according to your circumstances. 
We screen all referrals to ensure a safe match with “hosts” offering a spare room or property.  
Placements can be for as short or as long as you choose.

 History of the Room for Refugees Network

Room for Refugees was pioneered by Positive Action in Housing (Scottish Registered Charity No SC027577) in 2002.
It is the longest running refugee hosting programme run by a registered charity in the UK or Western Europe.
In 2015, the programme went “viral”.  
Many hundreds of families and individuals have so far been assisted and achieved life transforming outcomes, helping give hope to thousands more and rebuild new lives.

 “Like AirBnB for refugees”

In 2017, the Guardian newspaper did an extensive photo essay about some of the people we host. Read more here.
If you want to be part of the Room for Refugees Network and want to offer temporary shelter to an individual or a family while they get their lives back on track, please register here or email for a chat.
U.S. and European hosts outside the UK – the programme is being developed as we partner up with agencies in these countries, so please bear with us. the more hosts who register, the quicker we can build links with refugee organisations in those areas. For more info email

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If you think you may be able to help by offering time, expertise, skills or donations, email or see