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How it works

The model

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  1. The local church/s get in touch with Hope into Action Reading who will support you at every stage of the process.
  2. Using the investment capacity of the church, church members, or from elsewhere, one house is bought in a reasonable area of their community.
  3. Each house is used to support 3 or 4 people in a vulnerable situation. (Ideally the church choose which group they need to target (ie. male, female, ex-offender, younger, those coming out of residential treatment or prison etc)
  4. The rent/ housing benefit pays a return on the investment.
  5. We provide: the professional support (referrals, needs assessments, key working, sign-posting, contracts, benefits, rent collection etc).
  6. The church provides: community, non-judgemental relationships, mentoring / befriending, practical support and most importantly lots of prayer.

In this way the church, using its own resources, is able to holistically support people in their community who are in a vulnerable situation.

If a number of churches in one city come together they can have a significant impact on homeless situation in their area. HIA Reading now have two houses which can support 7 adults and 2 children.

Get Involved

Financial donations, volunteering opportunities, pray. How can you get involved?