FairBnB is a new initiative in Croydon aiming to prevent homelessness before it happens. We want to help struggling families get back on their feet by matching those who don’t have a roof over their head with generous homeowners who have the space to put them up.
We’re looking for ten hosts who have space in their houses. Depending on how much space you’ve got available, this might range from a single mum to a family of four.
The people you’d be hosting are people like your friends or family, only that they have fallen on hard times. The alternative for most families is being placed in a B&B, often miles away from their home and their child’s school.
Hosts will be paid £20 per night for a double room. That works out at £140 a week or £1,120 if the placement lasts eight weeks. For a single bedroom the rate is £15 per night, and for a triple bedroom the rate is £25 a night. Funding for hosts comes from Croydon Council’s temporary accommodation budget.
On top of this, hosts will get to enjoy an interesting experience and meet people they might have never otherwise met. And they’ll get to know they’re making a real difference to people’s lives.
FairBnB was borne out of the Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission, a year-long commission that looked at how Croydon can be improved for residents.
If you’re interested in being a host, or know someone who is, please contact Pancho on 0800 612 2182 or firstname.lastname@example.org – the telephone number is manned from 9:30-5:30 pm on weekdays.
You can also find out more about FairBnB on http://www.fairbnb.org.uk