Boaz temporary winter accommodation

If you would like to make a referral to our night shelter for men or emergency hosting scheme for women, please read the following guidance notes carefully.

Once you have read them, please call the Boaz office on 0161 202 1056
to confirm
whether there is a space available tonight.

The Boaz Trust is a charity working to support destitute asylum seekers and refugees. The Boaz night shelter and emergency hosting scheme runs from October each year. Our winter temporary accommodation is run by teams of volunteers across Manchester, supported by two part time Boaz coordinators.

Who can stay in the Boaz temporary winter accommodation?

The Boaz night shelter (men only) and emergency hosting scheme (women only) offer basic accommodation for the following groups of people:

  1. Women and men who have claimed asylum but have had their cases refused and are now homeless
  2. Women and men who have claimed asylum and applied for asylum support but are currently homeless for example because of an administrative delay or error
  3. Women and men who have been granted refugee status but are homeless (for example after NASS has ended)

Unfortunately we are not able to provide accommodation for other migrants or British citizens who have become homeless. If your client does not fit one of the categories above but needs emergency accommodation, please check out Street Support.

Men’s night shelter- how it works

Early evening reception service

An early evening reception service for men is open every evening from 6pm-8pm at The Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. 

This reception service is only for those individuals who have a confirmed place in the Boaz night shelter for that specific night.

All new guests will be asked to sign a code of conduct at the reception venue. This is currently available in Amharic, Arabic, English, Farsi and Tigrinya.

Transport to the overnight venues

Transport to the overnight venues will only be provided for named men and women who have a confirmed place in the Boaz night shelter If they are not at the Reception Venue at the specified time, they will lose their place.


  • There are a fixed number of bed spaces available each night in a large, shared room in a church building (12 for men, 8 for women initially).
  • Beds consist of camp beds or sleeping mats, sleeping bags and pillows
  • The overnight venues are spread all over Greater Manchester and each venue is used for one night per week
  • Guests will be asked to leave the venue by 8.00 am, and will usually be given either bus fare or transport back into the city centre


  • Warm drinks and snacks are provided at the reception venues
  • Evening meal – a hot meal is provided at the overnight venue soon after arrival. There is always a halal or vegetarian option
  • Breakfast is served from 7-7.45am (approx.)
  • If a guest has any food allergies or specific dietary requirements, please let us know on the referral form


Women’s emergency hosting- how it works

Once a referral has been made, Boaz will arrange to meet the client at our office, to explain how hosting works and hopefully reassure them if they have questions. Assuming we have a host available and the client would like to go ahead, we will then take the client to the host, We will provide money for bus fares (if needed) and a bag of food, toiletries etc.

All our hosts have been trained and inducted by us, and many have been hosts for a number of years, hosting people from many different countries and cultures. We understand that people can often be anxious about staying in someone else’s home, but in general, our experience is that hosting can be a very positive experience for both sides.

Placements will be for 3 days initially, but we recognise that particularly with people whose asylum claims have been refused, they will need support for a longer period. We will do our best to arrange stable placements, but it may be that we need to move the client on to a new host.

While a client is hosted, they will have their own bedroom and access to kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. The host will offer to provide a main evening meal.

The referral procedure

  1. Please make sure that the client is eligible for the Boaz night shelter or emergency hosting and that they have no viable alternative accommodation
  2. Please explain how the Boaz night shelter or emergency hosting works, using the information above, and please make sure your client understands the nature of the accommodation
  3. While your client is with you, please telephone Boaz on 0161 202 1056 between 10.00am and 3.30pm to confirm if there is a place available for that night
  4. If there is a space available, please follow the link below to complete our online Boaz winter referral form which will automatically be sent through to us
  5. Night shelter only: Once the referral is confirmed, your client has a space in the night shelter for as long as they need it. If they choose not to stay, or miss 3 nights in a row, or are temporarily excluded for any reason, they will need to be re-referred.

Once you’ve read these notes, you can complete the referral form here.