Autumn '16
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Keeping Hope Alive
Each week we see shocking images of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean; in Calais. Never forget that it's also a crisis on our doorsteps in the cities and towns of the West Midlands; a crisis hidden from TV cameras but painfully real to us here at Hope.

“When I was evicted from NASS accommodation, a woman from my country whom I met here offered me accommodation, only to exploit my situation and use me as a domestic slave. As a woman, destitution means exploitation and opens doors to series of abuses that we often feel ashamed to talk about. But thank God, Hope Housing exists to offer a room, dignity, money to buy the food we like and they treat us with respect. The reality is that without Hope Projects, I would have been one of many women forced into prostitution or modern slavery. After all, what choices do we have?”

Hope houses 25 people who would otherwise be street homeless in 8 houses around Birmingham. We provide money for food and essentials to around 60 people every week and we provide free legal advice to help them get recognised as refugees and start new lives.
Giving Hope
We always want to do more. House more people, support more people, make a bigger difference. Earlier this year we were offered a house by a very generous couple. We thought long and hard about it, but even when a house is free, it costs around £5,000 a year to run it. Council tax and fuel bills and a little staff time all adds up.

Initially we thought we would have to turn the house down, but with support from the couple, and partners Spring Housing, we have agreed to use the property as a home for a newly arrived refugee family with the money paid as rent going to support Hope's work with destitute asylum seekers. 

"we are very lucky do have a property we don't need when so many others do. We're grateful Hope has found such a great way to use the house. We hope others with more property than they need will consider using it to support refugees and asylum seekers"
 
“I came to the UK with a spouse-visa but the marriage broke down because of domestic violence. I ended up homeless, sofa-surfing in people’s houses, and finally exhausted all alternative support networks... There is no word to describe what Hope Housing means to us. You have to be homeless, destitute, traumatised, hungry, scared and desperate for a safe roof over your head and a good sleep, to understand what really Hope Housing means to us.”

Hope can only carry on making this difference with your help. Please consider making a regular donation to keep our houses open.
If you are interested in fundraising for Hope, or are connected with an organisation, faith group or business that would like to support Hope,
contact Phil@Hope-projects.org.uk
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Partner focus - Friendship Housing
One of Hope Projects’ long time supporters and partner is social housing provider Friendship Care and Housing who are celebrating their Diamond Anniversary in 2016. 
 
Founded before man set foot on the moon, Friendship (part of Longhurst Group) was set up to help immigrant families settle in Birmingham. It has seen many changes over the decades. From their first house in Birchfield in 1956, they now manage more than 4,600 homes across the Midlands. Friendship support customers to access education and training, building skills and confidence to find work, they provide a confidential money and budgeting advice service and have a specially converted property in Sparkbrook which teaches new tenants how to sustain their tenancy and how run a home.

For nearly twenty years now, Friendship have worked in partnership with Hope advocating for and expanding where possible the work that Hope does. This includes providing one of its houses to Hope free of charge to help accommodate Hope clients.

Jonathan Driffill, Executive Director for Partnerships, Care and Communities at Longhurst and former Managing Director of Friendship said “We are extremely proud of our history and achievements but we are especially proud of being able to help and support Hope continue to make such a difference to the lives of refused asylum seekers trying to escape tyranny and persecution just to live the sort of ordinary life that the rest of us take for granted."
 
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Looking Good

Fantastic work by Hope residents and volunteers to give one of our houses a facelift and make it a place we can all be proud of. 

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A Darkened Room
Phil Davis of Hope projects, shares his take on asylum and destitution at the A Darkened Room blog. Read it and let him know what you think.
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