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 ad are not allowed to work. The hosts of Martha House, Conor and Jo, support the guests to make decisions about how they will move in and, if they are not already connected to migrat advice services, will help them find caseworkers ad other forms of support in London. 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.
Beyond the provision of accommodation however, Martha House seeks to be a community hub. Each week we have an open-house meal for friends and neighbours. This provides the chance for people to develop networks in Tottenham and share their lives with others. We are also involved in, and trying to start, various community initiatives.
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.