Room for Refugees

Since September 2015, we have arranged hundreds of thousands of nights of shelter in the homes of our wonderful refugee hosts.

Jo, a retired librarian from Glasgow, is hosting Nadia through Room for Refugees case study

The Room for Refugees Hosting Network has been running since 2002, when we were first approached for help by asylum seekers facing homelessness and destitution in Glasgow. The Service went “viral” in 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis and we developed a unique online database to address the need. 

Since 2002, the Room for Refugees Network has accommodated over 4,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the homes of volunteers.

In 2015-2021, we arranged 800 hostings in homes or properties offered by our volunteers. During this time, the Network sheltered 890 people, comprising:

  • 751 adults, 136 children (including 8 unborn babies and 5 unaccompanied children) 
  • 340 women, 428 men and 70 older people (60+).  

In 2020-21, the Network sheltered 116 households comprising 141 total beneficiaries  (221 last year), 46,207 nights of shelter (43,529 last year). 

We estimate to have saved local authorities and charities an estimated £2.3M* in the cost of shelter during the year. 

*Estimated at £50 per night. (NB. based on number of continuous nights, which includes nights provided during previous financial years)

The Network is staffed by an Accommodation Coordinator, and supported by several volunteers who assist with assessing Hosts and checking in on guests. We work across the UK (and in the USA) in partnership with local NGOs to support vulnerable people at risk of homelessness. 

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Become a host

Could you offer temporary shelter to someone forced to flee their country who does not have the means to support themselves?  If so, you could be a host with Room for Refugees.

Offer a spare room

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