• Welcome to Hope House, Essex - we are a short-stay homeless shelter Based in braintree.

    We aim to have compassion and concern for all, to accept people as they are – but give hope, to make the client the centre of our interest, and to challenge clients to think new thoughts.

To Donors

We need money to maintain our existing services and to expand our professional support services and to gain other properties to help more homeless people. Find out more.

Core Values

We are a short-stay homeless shelter - find out about our core values and mission. Click here.


We need different types of volunteers at different stages of our development. Find out more.

Who are the homeless?

Homelessness has doubled nationally since 2010.

Often it is hidden – sofa-surfing --- as a guest in another person’s house, overstaying one’s welcome at other times it is simply on the street.

While this charity was operating previously over a period of 3 years in Braintree (as BENS), not only was our hostel always full, but it got between 2 & 3 applications every week that had to be turned down because the place was full.

We reckon that the house could have been occupied 4 or 5 times over, judging by the applications. Our small facility is all we have.

Hope House - helping the homeless in Braintree, Essex