Housing Justice is the national ecumenical voice of Christian action to prevent homelessness and to tackle bad housing. As Catholics, we believe that human dignity is challenged by the lack of a decent home. Housing Justice aims to mobilise Christians united in their determination to work with and for the homeless and those in housing need.
Housing Justice was created in 2003 when CHAS (Catholic Housing Aid Society) and CNHC (Churches’ National Housing Coalition) merged. In January 2006 Housing Justice expanded further when it merged with UNLEASH (Church Action on Homelessness in London). It therefore has a 60-year history.
Housing Justice mobilises Christians to help in practical ways through volunteering. For example, it helps Churches to set up and run Church and Community Night-shelters, providing practical help to enable Churches to take appropriate responsibility for homelessness in their neighbourhoods.
The innovative Housing Justice Quality Mark, awarded to night-shelters with excellent practice standards, sets a benchmark for best practice and improves standards of delivery. The Bromley Winter Night Shelter, that provides accommodation and a meal for 15 people in a Church Hall, is part of the Housing Justice network.
The charity also runs the London Hosting Project which matches destitute migrants with host-families who are able to offer a spare room and home stay. The hosts provide a room to a migrant who would otherwise be penniless and on the streets while they navigate the asylum and immigration systems. Housing Justice recruits and supports the hosts and guests. There are 45 guests currently being hosted.
The charity uses its unique position as the Christian voice on housing to highlight injustice and press for change and is recognised as the Christian voice on homelessness in secular and Parliamentary circles. Currently, it is influencing government through its membership of the advisory group of the All Party Parliamentary Group on homelessness. It recently lobbied successfully on the Homelessness Reduction Act and the recent Private Members Bill on unfit housing. They are frequently invited to comment on issues in print media, radio and TV with recent presence on Radio 4, BBC Songs of Praise, Sky News and The Universe, Catholic Times, Independent Catholic News, The Church Times and Premier and URC Radio.
Like many charities, Housing Justice is fully reliant on individual donations to continue its important work that has long been aligned with the vision and mission of the Catholic church. The charity’s trustees are very grateful to St. Edmund’s parishioners for their generous donations during the second collection.
For further information about the work of Housing Justice or to become a regular donor, please do not hesitate to contact: Lucy Hutton, Housing Justice Trustee Hutton by EMAIL .