Host a homeless youth in need
SASH is a youth homelessness charity that works across York, North and East Yorkshire.
We need people who are able to offer either a room overnight or for a few days for our emergency Nightstop service, or who can support a young person for longer (from a few months up to two years) in our Supported Lodgings scheme.
We help young people aged 16-25 who are facing homelessness.
We do not run a hostel or own any property. The accommodation we offer is through our Nightstop and Supported Lodgings services, which rely on volunteer ‘hosts’ who offer a spare room in their own home. Our services are as much about supporting young people to resolve the problems which have led to them becoming homeless as they are about putting a roof over their head.
What is a host?
A host is a term we use to describe the people that offer their spare rooms to a young person that has been referred to SASH in need of a safe place to stay. SASH hosts receive a payment to cover the costs of having a young person to stay, so they are never out of pocket. This will cover things like meals, hot water and clean washing. All hosts receive training from the SASH team as well as being allocated a dedicated Host Coordinator to take care of them throughout their placement and give them all the information they need about their young person. Read hosts’ stories.
Hosting is safe. We take referrals from different agencies in the region and we do not offer any young person a place before they have been through a full assessment. This includes a Police National Computer (PNC) check.
You will be supported every step of the way. SASH is on the end of the phone 24 hours a day. You will have regular review meetings whenever you have someone staying with you.
Just as each young person has a support worker, you’ll have a member of the SASH team dedicated to supporting you in your role.
What is a Nightstop Host?
A Nightstop host is someone who offers their spare room to a young person that has been referred to SASH in need of a safe place to stay that night. Young people using the Nightstop service are at immediate risk of homelessness. They can stay with a host for as little as one night, or up to two weeks, depending on their needs. Some young people placed in Nightstop decide that Supported Lodgings is a good next step for them.
If you volunteer as a host for our Nightstop service, you can decide which nights of the month you are available, and we will call if a young person near you needs help. Our Nightstop hosts are paid £18.50 for every night they have a young person to stay. This is to help cover the costs of hosting, for example, providing an evening meal and breakfast.
What is a Supported Lodgings Host?
A Supported Lodgings host is someone who offers their spare rooms to a young person that has been referred to SASH in need of a safe place to stay on a longer-term basis. The young person may not have the independent living skills to be able to live by themselves. These young people need a safe environment to learn things like cooking, cleaning and budgeting while they continue with college or work and will have a dedicated support worker to help them achieve their goals. Supported Lodgings hosts may host a young person in their home for a few months up to a maximum of two years – however long it takes the young person to learn the skills they will need for a successful future. Supported Lodgings hosts will have a dedicated Host Coordinator throughout their hosting placement.
In Supported Lodgings, the young person is a lodger in your home and pays a contribution towards bills. We also pay our longer-term hosts £130 per week (as taxable income).
If you have a spare room and would like to help a young person avoid homelessness, you could be a SASH host.
How to apply
Either fill in our contact form for a call back from your local Host Coordinator or, if you’ve already decided and feel you have all the information you need, please feel free to fill in our application form you can download from this page and return it to us using the contact details on the form. If you have any questions before you fill it in, please just give us a call – we’ll be very happy to help.
We’ll review your application and contact you to make an appointment to talk it through. As part of our checks, we’ll need to do a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) assessment and visit your home. After that, we’ll arrange training for you and make sure you have all the information you need before anyone is placed with you.
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"When I was 11 my mum died, and when I was 12 my dad died. It was tough, but it happens."
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