Boaz provides accommodation and holistic support for refused destitute asylum seekers, and homeless refugees in Greater Manchester. We manage an ever-growing waiting list of people who are in need of accommodation and support. Each week referrals are considered and if accommodation is available, those in most need of support are offered accommodation. Boaz accommodation is time-limited. We usually offer a package of accommodation and support for a period of up to one year.

We have three types of Boaz accommodation:

Temporary winter accommodation – Boaz night shelter and emergency hosting

For the last 10 years, the Boaz Night Shelter has provided emergency overnight accommodation for up to 12 homeless asylum seeking or refugee men each night throughout the winter. During winter 2017-18, for the first time we will be running a parallel emergency accommodation service for women. From October to mid-December, we piloted a night shelter for women, then from mid-December we transitioned to an emergency hosting scheme instead.

Our night shelters are hosted by different churches in Greater Manchester each night of the week, and include an early evening drop in service in central Manchester. A hot meal and breakfast is also provided.

Our emergency hosting for women is offered through local volunteers who offer a spare bedroom, initially for up to 3 nights, depending on the circumstances.

The Boaz temporary winter accommodation 2017-2018 is open for referrals from Monday 2nd October 2017. To find out more and to make a referral, please continue to our winter referral page by clicking here.

Hosting scheme

Local individuals and families offer their spare rooms to asylum seeker guests for an agreed time. This is usually for a minimum of one month. If you would like to explore the possibility of hosting please read more on our newly updated Hosting page by clicking here.

Shared houses

We currently manage 16 shared houses, 9 of which are for people have been refused asylum with the remaining offering accommodation to refugees. Houses are allocated for men or women. Sadly we cannot usually accommodate family groups. Boaz leases houses, free of charge or at low cost, from various sources, which over the years have included individual supporters, a local housing association, Green Pastures and the Diocese of Manchester.

To make a referral to the Boaz Trust for space in our hosting or shared houses please complete the online referral form by clicking the link below:

Boaz general accommodation referral form

Please note that during the winter season, people who are staying in the Boaz night shelter or emergency hosting scheme are usually prioritised for longer term hosting and shared housing places. Unless there is a specific reason why these options are not appropriate for your client, we would ask you to complete a night shelter referral for them here.