Hosts play one of the most important roles in the work of LATCH. We hear from clients, just how numb with worry, desperate, helpless, depressed and worthless they feel being homeless. 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 the yourself, as a Host. Such stability empowers 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 rolling list of clients waiting 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. We make all the arrangements, provide free training and we support you all the way. Come and see at one of our Hosts' Information Mornings or Hosts' Socials where you can meet other hosts, some clients and our team of staff, trsutees and volunteers.
For more information or to arrange a time to discuss further, please contact a member of the LATCH team on 07399 861218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.