Hosts

Hosts play one of the most important roles in the work of LATCH. For our clients, who have completed an 8-Week Take-On Process, being placed in a safe and caring environment like your spare room, enables them to rebuild confidence and self esteem, through the close connection and support of a dedicated LATCH support worker and yourself, as a Host. This stability empowers clients to focus on sustaining or returning to education or looking for work.  Some clients stay for a few months and others for a year or two but the relationship between client and host becomes a positively lived and trusted aspect of their experience.

Thinking of becoming a Host?

People from all walks of life become LATCH hosts. If you feel you can help to accommodate a single person who has been caught up in hidden homelessness please get in touch. Your interest and the conversations that follow could make a real difference in a young person’s life and you will be helping to end homelessness in and around Bromley. LATCH offers each and every host the necessary training, support and guidance on how to do this.

We do have a waiting list of clients ready to be housed and would really like to hear from you if you think you can you help. We hear from existing hosts, just how rewarding it is to know that they have played a part in restoring a person's hope in life by offering a safe place to call home. LATCH takes care in helping each potential host to assess their suitability and we take every care when matching them to a client.

Hosts can earn up to £113.56 per week or £492.09 per month, with no long-term commitment. This in line with the Local Housing Allowance (LHA). Learn more by clicking on these links to download a host role descriptionapplication form and frequently asked questions. Alternatively, you can register to attend our next Hosts' Information Evening, delivered by Zoom. There you can meet other hosts, clients, staff and trustees.

Next Host Information Meeting via Zoom:

Friday 13th November 7.00pm - please email lolly@latch-project.co.uk for Zoom details

For more information or to arrange a time to discuss further, please contact Lolly on 07399 861218 or email lolly@latch-project.co.uk.

How it works

A Client pays rent to the Host for use of a bedroom if they are in work; otherwise, the client claims for Housing Benefit which covers the Local Housing Allowance single room rate of £103.56 per week. The client pays an additional £10.00 per week for utilities, to the host.

Host applicants are interviewed and their home is Health & Safety checked as part of the process. A valid gas certificate and references are required along with a Disclosure & Barring Services check which we provide.  All being well, new Hosts are then added to the LATCH Accommodation Register. We arrange a meet and greet with the client and go from there.