Why does Hope exist?

Imagine fleeing persecution and having to seek protection in another land. You’d hope for welcome, sympathy and for your rights to be respected. Sadly the British asylum system is complex and often hostile. Many people are refused the protection they desperately need simply because they get lost in the system.

When your asylum appeal is refused, you are evicted from your house, all your money is stopped and you are not allowed to work. You are left street homeless and destitute.

With 12 houses around Birmingham and the Black Country, Hope offers a roof over your head, money for food and essentials and the legal advice and representation you need to overturn flawed refusals of asylum; so you can start to live a normal life in safety.

What Hope Does

Destitution Fund


Peer Support


Hope provides cash grants for people left destitute while challenging flawed refusals of asylum. People are usually staying in Hope Housing, with friends or family, or with other charities.

We have 12 houses in Birmingham and the Black Country that are home to over 30 people left homeless and destitute while challenging flawed refusals of asylum.  We cover all utility costs.

Well Being is central to the Hope approach. Our staff and volunteers make sure that people are safe and able to make friends and connections in their own neighbourhoods.

We make sure that everyone in our housing has high quality legal advice. Where we cannot get legal aid, Hope’s own legal expert provides advice and representation.

Hope People


Phil Davis
Phil DavisCoordinator
Phil has been working with destitute asylum seekers for over 15 years. He is responsible for the overall management of Hope Projects, including fundraising and new developments.
Almamy Taal
Almamy TaalHousing Support
Almamy brings a background in journalism and human rights. He is responsible for the safety of our houses and the well-being of our residents.
Aliya Khan
Aliya KhanLegal Officer
Aliya is a chartered legal executive and an OISC 3 immigration advisor. She is responsible for all aspects of Hope’s legal work.
AmandaHousing Support
Amanda brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to Hope. She is responsible for the safety and well-being of the women we support and the houses they live in.
Louise Watts
Louise WattsLegal Caseworker
Louise is a qualified OISC advisor working on the legal project. She has a wide range of professional experience and academic knowledge to bring to the team. Louise is passionate about advocating and campaigning to end the hostile environment and protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
Louise Ben Kiran
Louise Ben KiranWell-being Officer
Through her previous voluntary work Louise has first-hand experience of working with destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Calais. She is supporting our residents to access health care and various kind of activities.


Hope relies on its volunteers. We are particularly grateful to the following:



Rev. Neil Johnson
Rev. Neil JohnsonChair
Derek Bennett
Derek BennettTreasurer
Surinder Guru
Surinder Guru
Dominic Bradley
Dominic Bradley
Clare Short
Clare Short
Ranjit Sondhi
Ranjit Sondhi

Our Referring Partners Are…

Hope Projects is also proud to work with NACCOM, the national network for anti destitution projects, and Spring Housing

NACCOM, the UK-wide No Accommodation Network
Spring Housing provide high quality housing and support to maximise tenancy sustainment.