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Emergency Relief Fund

The Emergency Relief Fund directly responds to the growing demand for a rapid humanitarian response in times of crisis.

By having a separate pool of emergency funding, Positive Action in Housing hopes to create a way for regular givers to support emergency relief for the poorest and most vulnerable service users amongst the refugee and asylum-seeking communities we support. Specifically. When crisis strikes, the ERF means we are prepared to respond immediately, making a tangible difference in the lives of those affected; having a separate pool of emergency funding, Positive Action in Housing hopes to create a way for regular givers to support emergency relief for the poorest and most vulnerable service users amongst the refugee and asylum-seeking communities we support. Specifically, when crisis strikes, the ERF means we are prepared to respond immediately, making a tangible difference in the lives of those affected.

The Emergency Relief Fund exists to help those facing severe hardship due to poverty or homelessness. Donations from members of the public help pay for the fund. Referral partners who register with Positive Action in Housing can also make referrals. 

The primary drivers for this intervention were the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, higher food and energy prices, as well as the deep impoverishment of immigrants (immigrants without indefinite leave to remain must set aside a significant amount of their monthly budget to pay an immigration surcharge to renew their status) and asylum seekers – men, women, and children - in hotels living on around £9 a week for months on end, sometimes over a year. 

In 2022-23, we distributed general charitable funds, funds for individual appeals, emergency crisis vouchers, grants and digital devices totalling £178,075 – a 54% increase on the last financial year’s spend and much higher than the amount spent in pre-pandemic years. 

Our winter surgery in December 2023 distributed over £50,000 to over 400 families and individuals from refugee communities facing homelessness, destitution and poverty. Regular donations help us plan life-saving interventions.

To donate to the fund, visit our donate page.

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