Most communities offer between 20 and 40 places for people to live. Once someone joins an Emmaus community, they are known as an Emmaus companion.

There are currently 29 Emmaus communities spread across the UK, supporting more than 815 formerly homeless people. There are also five Emmaus groups working to set up new communities to help us to reach our target of offering at least 1,000 companion rooms by 2020.

Unlike a lot of provision for homeless people, Emmaus communities offer a home for as long as someone needs it. Emmaus companions get a room of their own, food, clothing and a small weekly allowance. In return, we ask:

  • that companions work for 40 hours per week, or give as much time as they are able, in the community’s social enterprise
  • that they behave in a respectful way towards one another
  • that no alcohol or illegal drugs are used on the premises
  • that they sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit

Although living in a community isn’t for everyone, it can offer the companionship and support that many people who have experienced homelessness have lost. This can be key to helping someone to stop, take stock, and start to regain a sense of control and stability in their lives.

Joining an Emmaus community

If you are currently homeless, or if you know someone who could benefit from support from Emmaus, apply to join a community.