Hope into Action: Black Country is a housing charity that is seeking to #MakeHomelessnessHistory by partnering with others including the Church to break individual and systemic cycles of poverty.
We change the lives of the most disadvantaged in our society by finding them homes, not just providing a bed for the night. But it isn't just about a home, we also offer our residents professional support, as well as linking them with mentors from a local church who help them become positive members of society again. Our model moves away from placing tenants into state funded hostels and into good quality accommodation with links to the local community and a positive network of support around them.
We currently provide homes for people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness facing a wide variety of different circumstances:
people who face multiple issues including those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, those fleeing domestic violence, street sleepers and those leaving prison.
refugees and asylum seekers
people who have been trafficked and/or have been rescued from modern day slavery
migrant workers with no access to public funds
We currently have 23 tenants living in 7 houses mainly in Wolverhampton, but we want to do so much more. Our 10 year plan is to have 50 houses across the four boroughs of the Black Country. Ultimately we are beginning to dare to dream that together in partnership with others we could #makehomelessnesshistory across our region.
Our vision is for every church to support at least two people in a vulnerable situation (homeless or refugees), in suitable and quality accommodation. It will achieve this by outworking the charity’s mission: ‘to mobilise, unite, and unleash the latent Christian prayer, resources and skills’ on people in vulnerable situations in our country.
We provide the technical expertise: purchasing, investing, renting, tenancies, legalities, maintenance and professional floating support. This frees the church from those tasks and enables it to concentrate on what the church does best:
Pray for the tenants
Build genuine relationships
Welcome them into the local community
Provide practical support (everything from sofas, to work experience, to a cup of tea and a ‘natter/ chat’.)
This unique combination of quality affordable homes and a positive network of support is what makes the model so unique. Click here to find out more.
Safeguarding and Complaints Policies
At Hope into Action: Black Country we take safeguarding of tenants, staff and volunteers very seriously. To view our latest safeguarding and complaints policies please click below.
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