St Martin-in-the-Fields Vicar's Relief Fund (VRF)

The St Martin-in-the-Fields VRF aims to support people who are at risk of being made homeless, are homeless or vulnerable, or have experience of being homeless and are trying to establish or maintain a tenancy.

Last updated on 26 February 2020

Who is eligible?

We accept applications from support workers for people who are residing in the UK and:

  • Are currently at risk of immediate street homelessness because of rent arrears or the repossession of rented property, or
  • Are currently experiencing street homelessness or residing in supported accommodation. They also need assistance in helping to clear historic rent arrears before being considered for rehousing, or
  • Are currently experiencing street homelessness or residing in temporary accommodation. They also need assistance in gathering a deposit, rent in advance and/or fees towards securing new accommodation

Please note: The fund has no restrictions regarding gender identity, age, race, religion or sexuality.

What we can't help with

We can't assist with white goods or other household goods.

How to apply?

Individuals should not apply directly. We only accept applications from paid frontline workers providing support to people who are experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing. First, read our FAQ section on our website.

A frontline worker includes staff working in the Voluntary, Statutory and Public Sectors undertaking diverse roles including Resettlement or Outreach Workers, Supported Housing Officers, Mental Health Teams, Drug and Alcohol Support, GP’s, Probation, Social Workers, Prison In-Reach Workers, Police, Nurses, other Health professionals.

We only accept online applications via our portal. Visit St Martin in the Fields VRF website to access the portal.

Other information

Grant requests usually processed within 1-3 days. £350 is the maximum total amount we will issue to any one client in a 12 month period. This can consist of more than one grant.

We will pay up to:

  • £350 for deposits and rent in advance including temporary stay at a B&B
  • £350 for rent and service charge arrears or a DRO/bankruptcy fee to prevent eviction. Formal notice of eviction must have been issued.
  • £90 for ID - three types of photo ID (citizen card, passport, and provisional driving licence) and one type of non-photo ID (birth certificate) to enable clients to access accommodation

Contact details

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 4JH
Email: vrf@stmartinscharity.org.uk
Web: https://smitf.flexigrant.com/

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