Hosts play one of the most important roles in the work of LATCH. Clients can feel numb with worry, desperate, depressed and worthless when they first arrive at LATCH. Being placed in a safe and caring environment enables their confidence and self esteem to be rebuilt, through the close connection and support of a dedicated LATCH support worker and the Host. Such stability enables Clients to focus on their return to education or obtain employment.  Some clients stay for a few months and others for a year or two and the relationship between client and host becomes a positive and trusted aspect of their experience.

Thinking of becoming a Host?

We do have a waiting list of clients waiting to be housed and would really like to hear from you if you think you could you help restore a person's hope in life by offering a safe home to them. Latch takes care in helping each potential host to assess their suitability and even greater care in matching them with a client. We make all the arrangements, provide free training and we support you all the way. Come and see at one of our Hosts' Socials where you can meet other Hosts and our team.

Hosts can earn up to £110 per week, with no long-term commitment.  Learn more by clicking on these links to download a host role descriptionapplication form and frequently asked questions sheet.

For more information or to arrange a time to discuss further, please contact a member of the LATCH team on 0208 460 0042 or email

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 and pays the Single Room Rate of £100.00 per week including £10.00 per week for utilities, to the host.

All householders offering rooms are interviewed and their home is Health & Safety checked as part of the process. A valid gas certificate and references are required along with routine checks with the Disclosure & Barring Services.  All being well, new Hosts are then added to the LATCH Accommodation Register.