Project 17

Project 17's Emergency Hotel Fund

Project 17’s Emergency Hotel Fund – now open for referrals!

We are pleased to announce that following our successful pilot project in 2017/8, Project 17 have received further funding from the Network for Social Change to extend our Emergency Hotel Fund to other frontline voluntary organisations.

As well as providing vital safe accommodation for families, the project provides an opportunity for referring organisations to work in partnership with Project 17 to challenge poor practice in local authorities. The data from the project will feed into Project 17’s ongoing policy and campaigns work to improve the implementation of section 17 support.  

A total of £6000 over the next 12 months is available to fund short stays in temporary accommodation for homeless families whilst a refusal of local authority support is challenged by way of judicial review.  

Full information about how to refer to this project can be found below, however in brief, the guidelines are as follows:

  • Where a family is refused local authority support and is left street homeless, and has no alternative options, the referring organisation completes a referral to Project 17 by 5pm on a working day. There must be at least a 50% chance of a successful challenge
  • Up to 3 nights accommodation can be requested, whilst a legal representative is preparing a legal challenge
  • Subject to approval by Project 17, the referring organisation books accommodation, and submits an invoice to Project 17 who will reimburse the costs of the accommodation
  • After the case has been resolved, the referring organisation agrees to write to the local authority (template letter provided by Project 17) to complain about the incident of poor practice, and completes a brief monitoring questionnaire, which will contribute to the anonymised data set in Project 17’s Section 17 ‘Hub’


Full details of the terms and conditions of the fund and how to refer can be found here. Please ensure you have read this before making a referral. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to refer to the fund, please contact us before taking the time to complete the form. 

The referral form can be downloaded here. Please email completed forms to


We look forward to receiving your referrals!

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