Changes to Boaz Temporary Winter Accommodation

Every winter, we receive referrals for women who are currently facing street homelessness, or who may have stayed or currently be staying in a mixed gender night shelter.

Some of the women we have previously accommodated have told us that the only way they have previously secured somewhere to stay is in exchange for domestic work and childcare. Others have faced sexual exploitation and abuse in return for a roof over their heads.

Therefore, we have been seeking a way to offer emergency accommodation to women, in particular through the winter.

In order to address this, from October 2017 to mid-December 2017 we have piloted a women’s night shelter, mirroring the model we have successfully used for the men’s night shelter for the last 10 years.

Through this we have been able to accommodate 10 women; however through feedback from clients and referrers, it has become apparent that the night shelter has not been the best solution to the problem of destitution amongst refugee and asylum seeking women.

As a result of this, we are now transitioning from the pilot women’s night shelter to an emergency hosting scheme for women instead. We feel that emergency short term hosting over the winter might offer a more sustainable and appropriate way forward.

We are extremely thankful for all of the amazing volunteers who have run the women’s night shelter. The feedback we have received from those who have stayed has been positive and we are so appreciative for all of the time, energy and resources that our volunteers have given.

We are also so grateful for the churches that have been host venues, and we are thankful for these ongoing partnerships.

You can read more about Boaz’s temporary winter accommodation by clicking here.

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