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Jessie Powell

Jessie is Policy and Communications Manager at Commonweal Housing.

Housing service for destitute migrants wins national award for innovation

A housing service run by Praxis Community Projects, developed alongside Commonweal Housing has won the Innovation in Housing award at this year’s Homeless Link Excellence Awards.  


The awards, held on the evening of Tuesday 2nd July by national homelessness services membership organisation Homeless Link, showcased the innovative, effective work organisations are doing around the country to support those experiencing homelessness.  

The No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) project, which supports single destitute migrants, was recognised by the awards for its dedication to supporting people who have traditionally been seen as ‘difficult to house’. 

Entries were assessed across a range of criteria including evidence of impact, efficient use of resources, sustainability, following a strengths-based approach, replicability, inclusivity and creativity and flexibility.  

Also shortlisted in the Innovation in Housing category were Changing Lives and Stonewater.  

Earlier this year, the project’s final evaluation report was released detailing how the project is run, the impact it has had and the potential for it to be replicated elsewhere.  

The project has been made possible thanks to social investment from Esmèe Fairbairn, Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and Big Society Capital.

Find out more about the NRPF project >>>