Martha house

A house of hospitality

About

Martha House is a house of hospitality for asylum seekers, refugees and other forced migrants who are destitute and have no other options. The hosts, Conor and Jo, live in the house and we try to live together as a community. It is a safe and welcoming home, for both men and women, where everyone is encouraged to share responsibilities like cooking for each other and keeping the house clean.

Over the first seven years (2014 – 2021) almost 200 people staying in Martha House (and it might have been more, had the Covid pandemic not restricted numbers). Some stayed for over a year, some for just one night. The rooms are for single people but we have had many families stay for a weekend.

Guests are referred by their case workers in local organisations that we work with. We support guests in a variety of ways but we do not provide case work or advice.

The house was bought by the Society of Passionists and is being used by us for “the works of mercy”, in the spirit of the Catholic Worker. It relies on donations of money and goods, as well as the part-time income of the hosts. Please see our donate page if you would like to support the house.

Martha House Association is a registered charity in England and Wales, Charity No. 1196328. Registered Address: The Round Chapel Old School Rooms 2 Powerscroft Road, London E5 0PU

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Jo , I came across Martha House via the QPSW website page. It looks a fascinating project. I’m in the process of compiling a housing toolkit following on from the London Quakers Housing and Inequality Conference in February. I’d like to include Martha House as an example of a way forward for destitute migrants and would like to use a little of the written material plus the photo, credited to yourself. We shall be handing out the toolkit to those friends attending a lunchtime workshop on housing options at Yearly Meeting in May. All good wishes, Mary Copsey

  2. How can people access your accommodation? Is there a referral process, and if so what is it? Who do they contact and how?

    • Hi Anna,
      Apologies for the very long delay in replying to this!

      People are referred to us by their case workers through charities such as the British Red Cross and Haringey Migrant Support Centre.

      All the best,
      Jo

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