Enough Room is an initiative to help connect asylum seekers in need of housing with people in the community offering spare bedrooms, sharehouses, granny flats and the like - free of charge.
We are in close partnership with Refugees Welcome Australia, the Australian arm
of the worldwide Refugees Welcome movement.
“… I can sign petitions, have my voice heard at rallies, write letters to the Government but nothing changes. I feel powerless and ashamed to be Australian. But with Enough Room, suddenly I can do something tangible - it might only help a few people, but they are individuals whose desperately need help, and I have one small thing I can offer - a room. We are “empty nesters” now, and have a large comfortable spare room and are thrilled to be able to offer it to someone who really needs it. It’s a no brainer.”
- Julia, in the Inner City
“...We have a spare bedroom. Some people don't even have a country to live in. It only makes perfect sense that our situation can in some small measure alleviate the distress of the others situation. As a follower of Jesus I am compelled to offer hospitality to others, particularly those who are in desperate need regardless of their background.”
- Brian, the Illawarra
Below is a brief summary of how this works. For more detail click here!
Sign up to our website and tell us about yourself and the room you want to offer. *Currently only in Sydney.
Complete some online training to prepare yourself as a host.
When an asylum seeker is looking for accommodation in your area, an approved agency will contact you.
Get to know one another and talk about expectations.
Your guest is now ready to move in. Tell us how it goes!
Some of your questions may be answered below, or for more information check out our training and resources.
It's pretty simple really. All you do is go online on a desktop computer, click SIGN UP and follow the prompts. You'll need to answer some questions about yourself, the space on offer, and your guest preferences. After that, complete some training and then you're done.
When an asylum seeker is looking for accommodation in your area, an approved agency will contact you. From this point, you, the agency and your guest can negotiate how the arrangement will work and make plans for your guest to move in.
If you're a renter, take a look at your rental agreement or talk with your real estate agent to determine if there are any issues with having a guest stay with you. We have resources to help you.
All information is kept private and only used by approved asylum seeker support agencies to find a good match. Enough Room may use your de-identified information (e.g. gender, age, accommodation type and suburb) to help us analyse and improve our services.
You can host for a minimum of 4 weeks. There is no maximum time, so you can host as long as you and your guest want.
You'll need to provide a clean, safe and furnished spare room, granny flat or house. You will also need to ensure your guest can access a bathroom and kitchen facilities.
You can specify the type of guests you would like to take (i.e. a single person, couples or families).
Asylum seekers are one of the most marginalised groups in Australia. They face many barriers to accessing safe and stable housing. Helping an asylum seeker meet their basic needs, establish some stability and build connections within the community will empower them to build a sustainable life in Australia.
Our site links hosts with agencies, rather than directly with asylum seekers. This is to provide maximum protection for guests, and maximum support for hosts. So the best thing you can do is connect them with an agency. During this pilot stage, our only agency is House of Welcome, so let them know.
That's the plan! We'd love to get this initiative happening wherever it can be useful. For the time being, we need to keep running our pilot in Sydney, but we'd love to know about your interest. Please drop us a line!
The Federal Government recently announced its plan to increase Australia's refugee intake by taking 12,000 Syrian refugees. This is a wonderful increase! The government is currently working with contracted organisations to provide housing and assistance to these refugees when they arrive. Enough Room is focused on providing support to other asylum seekers and refugees, who are not eligible for this assistance.
Currently, there are around 28,000 asylum seekers on bridging visas living in our community. So you can make a difference, by signing up.
Enough Room is an initiative to help connect asylum seekers in need of housing with people in the community offering spare bedrooms, sharehouses, granny flats and the like - free of charge. All information is kept private and only used by approved agencies to find a good match between potential hosts and guests. Enough Room is currently in a pilot phase in partnership with House of Welcome in Sydney.
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But please see below for some of the FAQs...
How does the process work?
It's pretty simple really. All you do is go online on a desktop computer. Click OFFER A ROOM and follow the prompts. You'll need to tell us some questions about yourself, the room on offer, and your guest preferences. After that, you'll just need to watch some training videos and then you're all done.
When they need you, an AGENCY will contact you. No asylum seekers will have direct access to your information. From this point, you, the agency and your guest are free to negotiate how the arrangement will work. We provide various templates to help you work this out, and the agency will offer you some support as well. Good luck!
What if I'm just renting?
It doesn't matter if you own, rent or even share-house, anyone can offer to be a host! Get creative! For renters, often a rental agreement will allow a certain amount of time for a guest to stay with you, as long as that guest is not sub-letting from you. So you can work out how long you have and let us know.
How long can I host for?
We have a minimum of 4 weeks hosting. This is to leave enough time for your guest(s) to find stable accommodation and work if they need it. However, there is no maximum time, so you can host as long as you want! Remember to talk about this with your guest's agency.
Do I need some special qualifications?
Not at all! A normal spare-room with access to a toilet, running water and electricity is plenty. Also, an openness to helping your guest would be really good too.
Why is this so important?
Currently, asylum seekers are only granted Temporary Protection Visas. This means that, while they can work and live in Australia for a couple of years, they have no access to settlement services. As a result, about 50% live in very unstable conditions, and many are actually homeless. Surely it's up to us to help our new "neighbours" out!
I know an asylum seeker that needs a house: what can I do??
Our site links hosts with agencies, rather than directly with asylum seekers. This is to provide maximum protection for guests, and maximum support for hosts. So the best thing you can do is connect them with an agency! During this pilot stage, our only agency is House of Welcome, so let them know :)
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We're currently in our pilot stage and would love to get your feedback on anything to do with the site, or on asylum seeker issues in general. If you have a media inquiry and would like to speak to a real person, let us know below and our media team will contact you shortly.