Apply to join an Emmaus community

Before completing this application form, please read the following information carefully. We want to be sure that you fully understand what Emmaus is and how we might be able to support you.

About Emmaus

We support people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion by offering a home and meaningful work. Unlike a hostel, we are a community of people who live and work together, supporting ourselves and one another through our social enterprise. Emmaus is not a religious organisation and we welcome people from all faiths and backgrounds.

There is no limit to how long you can stay at an Emmaus community, as long as you agree to take part in community life and follow a few simple rules.

What is it like to live in an Emmaus community?

If you want to live in an Emmaus community we ask that you sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit (we do also accept people with no recourse to public funds), and agree to work for 40 hours per week, to the best of your ability, in our social enterprise. This aims to help you to brush up the skills you might not have used for a while, gain new skills and experience and move forward with your life in a positive way.

What can I expect?

In an Emmaus community everyone has their own room, with communal areas for eating and socialising. During the day, companions, as our residents are known, work in our social enterprises, which are mainly charity shops. The work could include working in the shop, sorting items in the warehouse, going out to make deliveries in our vans, or working in the community home.

Emmaus will provide:

  • A home for as long as you need it
  • Clothing, food and a small weekly allowance
  • Support to overcome any problems you may be experiencing
  • Work experience, training and support to help you to realise your aspirations and potential

You will be expected to:

  • Sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit
  • Work in the charity’s social enterprise for up to 40 hours per week, to the best of your ability
  • Engage with the support on offer
  • Take part in community life and support the Emmaus ethos

Please answer all of the questions on this form honestly as this will enable us to make a fair assessment of your application.

Learn more about Emmaus and what we have to offer

Referrer details

Please complete this section if you are making a referral on behalf of someone else

Personal Information
Current housing situation
Support Needs

Please answer these questions honestly. Answering yes to any of these questions will not automatically exclude you from joining an Emmaus community, but it is important we have this information so we can make sure we can offer the support you need.

Offending history

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 unspent convictions are those records that will appear on a basic criminal record check.

There are 29 Emmaus communities across the UK.

Please note: all Emmaus communities are independent charities and have their own privacy statements. You should read the privacy statement for the community/communities you are applying to before submitting your application. These can be found at:


Emmaus UK will process your application in accordance with our privacy statement for companions. This provides more information about what information we collect, how and why we process it, as well as your rights with respect to the data. You can read our privacy statement at

In line with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulations, the information you have provided will only be used to process your application and for administrative purposes. It will only be used by the communities you have indicated you would be happy to have your referral passed to and will not be shared with third parties.