1. What is your legal status?
  2. What will you do with the money?
  3. How do you decide who to support?
  4. How will you support the people you house?
  5. How much of my money will be spent on admin costs?
  6. How are the people supported involved in the running of the project?
  7. Doesn’t the Immigration Act 2016 make it illegal to rent to irregular migrants?
  8. Will you share my data with other organisations?
  9. How do I keep up to date with the project?
  10. How do I get involved?

1. Who are you?

The aim of the project is to find homes in Brighton for refugees and other migrants left homeless and often destitute either because of the high cost of accommodation in the city or because they are still trying to convince the Home Office that they should be allowed to reside in this country.  We think that a good society is a diverse, welcoming society.  We believe that many small acts of solidarity can add up to make a big difference to how our society works. That’s why we are asking the community to make homes out of their small change. Together we can make space for all.

Thousand 4 1000 was set-up  in 2015 by a small group of Brighton & Hove residents wanting to respond to the growing crisis. We have steadily grown over the last two years in terms of income, numbers of people we are able to support, services we are able to provide and the number of committed volunteers.

2. What is your legal status?

We are a registered charity, no 1171590. Technically we are a charitable incorporated organisation. We have a constitution and a Board of Trustees. You can find more information about this legal structure on the Charity Commission’s website.

3. What will you do with the money?

When we started in 2015 our objective was to raise £1000 per month through multiple but small regular donations in order to rent a property to provide secure accommodation to the most vulnerable refugees/migrants in our City. Hence our name ‘1000 4 1000’.  That seemed an ambitious target at the time, however amazingly and due to the wonderful generosity of many hundreds of people in the community, we have surpassed those expectations and are now within touching distance of £2000 per month   

We are using our donors’ money very prudently.  100% of monthly donations goes to pay for accommodation and associated expenses such as utility bills.   We have now three flats and are contributing towards the costs of rooms in shared houses and hostels.  We are thereby able to currently support three families with a total of 6 soon to be 7 small children, as well as several single adults.   However unfortunately we are also having to regularly turn down requests for help as we simply do not have the resources to help more people in this expensive city.  Our new aim therefore is to raise  £5000/month by the end of 2018. Please help us make that happen by donating to the project.

In the meantime when we are unable to help directly we direct people to hosting schemes, such as Room for Refugees and Refugees at Home.  This however means they are often relocated hundreds of miles away far from friends and informal sources of support. When other organisations are unable to help, people can be left literally homeless on the streets. In one case last year a middle-aged man was left camping in a tent for several months until an amazingly generous supporter paid for a studio flat for six months to keep this person warm and dry through the winter.                                                                              

In addition to our primary objective of raising funds through standing orders for accommodation costs, we also have a Destination Fund where we welcome one off donations   We use 100% of this income to support people in a variety of ways including regular payments for subsistence, second-hand bikes, bus passes (particularly important for the families we are supporting), fares for appointments with immigration lawyers, a carpet for a lady living on bare floor boards etc. etc.

4. As you are currently not able to house everybody who needs accommodation in Brighton, how will you decide who to support?

This is a very difficult question. We do not want to go around ranking levels of desert. However, although there are a large number of people currently homeless in Brighton, many of them are able to find reasonable accommodation solutions through informal support networks and the kindness of strangers. We are therefore looking to provide accommodation for people who are, for whatever reason, unable to access that kind of support. We believe that we can raise enough money to at least keep those people housed.

5. The people that you house are going to need extra support, how are you going to provide that?

We work very closely with different organisations in Brighton, Voices in Exile, Sanctuary on Sea, Refugee Radio and the Migrant English Project. When appropriate we  introduce the people that we house to these different projects. We also already have experience supporting individuals. This is work we are looking to expand and improve. We have enough volunteers to make sure that anybody we accommodate receives regular contact from us. We help people deal with the bureaucratic, legal and emotional hurdles of building a secure life for themselves in Brighton.

6. How much of my money will be spent on your salaries and administrative costs?

None. We are an entirely voluntary organisation. Nobody gets paid. We are doing this because we want to make Brighton a space for all. We do separate fundraising to cover our publicity costs. Feel free to contribute to that, but if you subscribe to the project all of your monthly contribution will go towards somebody’s housing costs.

7. How are the people you are supporting involved in the running of the project?

At the moment some of the people housed by the project are helping to fund raise and come to our meetings. It is difficult, however, to manage something that you need. In an ideal world, former residents will be our trustees. We are still in the early stages of development, but the key principle is to fit the project around the people who need it and not the other way around.

8. I’ve heard that the 2016 immigration act makes it illegal for landlords to let houses to immigrants. How will you avoid this problem?

The 2016 immigration bill is a nasty, pernicious, racist piece of legislation. As part of its “border everywhere” agenda, it criminalises letting accommodation to someone if they “require permission to be in the UK and do not have it”. The act also criminalises renting accommodation when you know that it will be occupied by somebody without the “right to rent” (this is an extension on the 2014 act). Many of the people who we seek to house, we think, should be granted “permission to rent”. The advice we have from leading housing and immigration solicitors, Anthony Gold LLP, is that a tenancy between us, an organisation, and a landlord would not constitute a residential tenancy agreement, nor would any licence which we issued to people to be on the premises (as long as we were not charging them anything). As a consequence, the act will not affect us. There is no problem having guests in your own home. This is another reason why we want to buy a house.

9. Will you share my data with other organisations?

No. We care about privacy. We will neither sell nor share your data with anyone else. If you set up a standing order, then, unlike with a direct debit, we have no access to your bank account. We will keep no record of your bank details. The East Sussex Credit Union are regulated by the F.S.A. They will keep your bank details secure. Our email newsletter is hosted by “Autistici,” a non-commercial, security-conscious tech activist collective.

10. How do I keep up to date with the project?

You can sign up for the monthly newsletter by sending an email to: thousandfor1000@inventati.org, or by following our facebook page: facebook.com/thousand41000, or our blog: thousand41000.org.

11. I want to get involved in the project, how can I do that?

We would love to have you. You can find out how to contact us here