Martha house

A house of hospitality

About

Martha House provides temporary accommodation for forced migrants who have become destitute. Food and accommodation are provided for our guests who have no recourse to public funds and are not allowed to work.We take referrals from agencies who work with migrants.

The hosts of Martha House, Conor and Jo, who live in the house, work with the guests and their case workers as guests keep working on their cases and getting connected to other opportunities such as courses and volunteering. The house is a welcoming environment where everyone is encouraged to participate in cooking, cleaning and we try to eat together every night so no-one becomes a stranger.

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 is set up as voluntary organisation, with a core group who help support the project and Jo an Conor.

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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