Housing Justice

Shelter-Quality-Mark-for-webInn Churches is proud to display the Housing Justice Quality Mark.

The Quality Mark is a standard of excellence for Church Night Shelters which provides an assurance that the shelter is run to the highest standard. Through advice, support, training and resources the Quality Mark scheme helps churches or other groups to set up and establish night shelters safely and well. It aims to maintain the highest standards as well as showcasing good and excellent practice.

The Quality Mark is maintained by Housing Justice, the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness, which believes that human dignity is challenged by a lack of decent housing and works to ensure that everybody has somewhere fit to live.

The Quality Mark assesses policies and procedures, as well as visiting the the shelter to ensure that they are being carried out. The assessment includes elements such as risk assessments, safeguarding and DBS checks, health and safety, volunteer training, food hygiene, substance abuse policies, reporting and all aspects of the shelter management. Shelters can be accredited as safe or excellent – or can be working towards accreditation.

You can find out more about the Housing Justice Quality Mark on the Housing Justice website.