How it works

The model:

  1. The church gets in touch with Hope into Action who support every stage of the process.
  2. Using the investment capacity of the church, church members, or from elsewhere, one house is bought in a reasonable area of their community.
  3. The house is used to support 2 (or maybe 3) people in a vulnerable situation. (Ideally the church chose which need to target (male, female, ex-offender, younger, those coming out of re-hab etc)
  4. The rent/ housing benefit pays a return on the investment.
  5. We provide: the professional support (referrals, needs assessments, key working, sign-posting, tenancy, benefits, rent collection etc).
  6. The church provides: community, non-judgemental relationships, mentoring / befriending, practical support and prayer.


In this way the church, using its own resources, is able to holistically support people in their community who are in a vulnerable situation.

If a number of churches in one city come together they can have a significant impact on homeless situation in their area. For example Peterborough churches are now providing a home, love, care and community to over 30 homeless adults in the city.

Click here to find out how you can be involved.