Do you have a spare
room or more?

Could you offer temporary shelter to someone forced to flee their country who does not have the means to support themselves? If so, you could be a host with Room for Refugees.

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Host a refugee child, family or individual in your home

Room for Refugees is a refugee hosting network run by Positive Action in Housing (SCO237577) – a small charity based in Glasgow. We connect those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay. Our hosts come from across the UK and the US!
We pioneered the idea of refugee hosting in 2002 when the first Iraqi refugees came into our office and they had nowhere to stay and were forbidden to work or get any kind of support. We were incredulous. So far, we have placed over 4,000 guests with willing hosts. We always need more hosts to join our pool of volunteers and will often ask hosts to help out in other ways too when we come into contact with refugees in need of food or crisis support.

Refugee Hosts

To offer a spare room or property to help a destitute refugee or asylum seeker family, individual or child resolve their crisis, please fill-in this form.
More info here.


To make a referral, apply for an online account here. Existing account holders should log in here to make a referral. More info here.


Refugees in need of accommodation and assistance, please contact us. We are working on a self-referral process – please bear with us in the interim.

Today we’re seeing the biggest movement of people to Europe since the refugee crisis following World War II. If you’ve come to this page because you want to respond to what you’ve seen on the news, thank you. The Room for Refugees network helps those who are seeking sanctuary to rebuild their lives.

Since 2002, we have placed thousands of people, for anything from a week, to months and years, and notched up tens of thousands of nights of shelter. Many of those we’re trying to settle are from Syria – as well as from Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Iran, and many other countries suffering war, human rights abuse and environmental catastrophe.

Showing hospitality is one of the most practical and powerful ways you can respond. Our hosts are from all backgrounds and regardless of wealth, status or celebrity, we respect our hosts’ privacy and treat everyone equally. We ask of similar standards from hosts, guests and caseworkers.

We have a social media presence but our primary focus is on consistently providing humanitarian support at a time when there are 23.5M refugees in the world and our governments are dismantling the human rights and refugee protections that were constructed in post war Europe.

September update:  The Afghan Crisis has led to an increase in host applications. It might take us longer than usual to get back to you – so please bear with us.


“It's like living with any other housemate

“I was a teacher in Darayya, Syria. I lost my wife and everything I had. I had been rough sleeping while my application was being considered. To avoid being in the street I spent most of my time in the library researching how to help my case. Alister and Eloise have been very patient and kind to take me into their home. One day I hope I can rebuild my life and repay the kindness they have shown to me.”

Omar, Teacher from Syria

How it works

Room for Refugees is a discrete and confidential hosting network providing safe matching of children, women and men who are refugees/asylum seekers with households in Scotland and the UK.

  •  As a “refugee host”, you decide how long you can offer a spare room or property, according to your circumstances.
  • We screen all referrals to ensure a safe match with hosts offering a spare room or property.
  • Placements can be for as short or as long as you choose.




If you are unable to host refugees but would like to make a contribution, please donate securely here.

Donations go towards small crisis grants given to destitute refugees without recourse to funds. £6 pays for two small meals and essential bus travel of one destitute person for one day. Your donation, however modest, gives people hope to rebuild their lives. UK taxpayers please tick ‘Gift Aid’ to add 25% to your donation.