Helping Irish Hosts

We empower and support people in Ireland to host displaced Ukrainians in their homes, safely and sustainably. We have matched over 2,000 Ukrainians in more than 1,000 homes, created a vibrant, trusted support network for hosts and presented a strong voice in advocacy for hosts at all levels. We are the go-to organisation for information and guidance, supporting hosts in their day-to-day relationships with their guests and a rematching service for those at the end of their hosting journey.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Active citizenship
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Immigration, refugee and asylum seeker supports
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Social inclusion
  • Sustainable development


  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns
  • Research

EU Project Experience

No experience

This organisation is new to EU funding and will be supported by the Access Europe team.

EU Funding Goals

We are looking for a research partner to participate in a pilot project with us, in which we deliver accommodation to people exiting host accommodation, with a focus on integration and empowerment.

We are also keen to participate in EU research projects around new refugee welcome pathways that have emerged as a result of the Ukraine invasion.

We want to meet other new and more established actors doing what we do in this space.

Longer term, we want to work with EU partners who are focussed on scalable solutions to refugee accommodation and integration.


HIH has proven its impact, commitment and solution-driven approach in developing Europe’s largest and most sustainable Hosting Programme and in advocating for its extension to programme refugees. 27% of displaced Ukrainians living in Ireland are in host accommodation or pledged properties and our comms and outreach has driven that success.

Our strength is in our storytelling, advocacy and communications. With the full support of the Irish state, in partnership with others, we've put frameworks and structures in place to support hosting, to make it safe and sustainable. The €800 ARP is the highest payment to hosts in the EU, it is a necessary and very welcome payment that has been a powerful tool to bolster hosting and our advocacy was key to its delivery.

Through our communications and outreach, we’ve kept hosts and guests going, we’ve connected them to a range of excellent resources and to each other. Through our moving on process and town hall sessions we’ve empowered thousands of displaced people to get back on their feet and to integrate. We’ve built a powerful story of the benefits of hosting in local and national media and on social media, combating negativity and misinformation.

We’ve secured funding and service level agreement that have enabled us to build a dedicated team of 25 people, supported by an active team of 40 volunteers. We have invested significantly in mobilising, educating and building their capacity. They are subject matter experts in matching, retention, extension, host communication and host support. They have direct, lived experience of what matching and hosting is all about. Our team has a proven track record of working collaboratively and successfully with delivery partners across all levels, forging relationships based on mutual respect and trust.


Contact Name:

Angie Gough

Job Title:

CEO & Co Founder

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