Housing Justice has published its 2014-2015 report on the impact of the network of Church Night Shelters.
The CCNS model is a circuit of churches, community groups and places of worship of different faiths and denominations (synagogues and mosques more recently), each taking a designated night of the week to provide shelter on their premises to anything from 12 to 35 homeless guests. Each shelter provides an evening meal, a bed for the night, breakfast each morning and hospitality to people in crisis.
Around 500 churches, church halls, synagogues and mosques opened their premises for use as night shelters between October 2014 and May 2015. 2,171 guests were accommodated and an estimated 231,000 volunteer hours were given. Housing Justice says a monetary value on this volunteering effort would be valued at over £3m.
You can download the full Church and Community Night Shelter Network Impact Report 2014-2015 from the Housing Justice website.