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Airbnb for asylum seekers, one spare room at a time

Would you house an asylum seeker?

It’s the question put to many supporters of open borders and it’s one they can now answer with action as a Sydney-based group connects asylum seekers with local households.

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Enough Room has been described as an Airbnb for refugees, an initiative putting people with spare rooms in touch with asylum seekers in need of transitional housing.

Founder and director Sam Terry said it wasn’t a political movement, but instead one created in reaction to government policies.

Mr Terry told SBS he came up with the idea several months ago, sparked by the then inaction by the Abbott Government on the refugee crisis overseas.

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“I had this sense of powerlessness about the refugee issue about a year ago,” he said.

“I’m not in the sector, I’m not an expert in these things – I just really wanted to help.”

Working with established agencies and friends in the field, Mr Terry and his team launched the pilot project online where people can sign up to help before being put in touch with potential lodgers via local agencies.

It started with his own home – which he shares with his wife and children – pledging to take in a family, but has since “exploded”.

He told SBS that he was not expecting such a quick reaction.

“We have about 100 registered with the site and about 10 of those should be ready to host within a week,” he said.

 “It has exploded in the past week, but we’re willing to cope with that. It’s really great to have such a community groundswell of support.

“Our hope is that the program will hope asylum seekers transitions into the community, help them feel comfortable and find work. There’s about seven million plus spare rooms in Australia – that’s a lot of resources.”

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The project is currently in a pilot phase in partnership with Western Sydney organisation House of Welcome.

Executive officer Paul Botril told SBS he had been working with the group for several months on the unique project.

“There are similar models in Germany and France, but there hasn’t been anything like this in Australia before,” he said.

It’s a model which hasn’t been ruled out by the Abbott Government in the wake of its announcement to take in an additional 12,000 refugees affected by the Syrian crisis.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has quizzed on the option of homestays while addressing media on Friday.

Mr Morrison did not rule out the option, but added that he didn’t “believe necessarily those things will be required”.

“There’ll be a range of programs we’re already running that can be scaled to accommodate this,” he said.

“There are suggestions made at the meeting today about how various groups can provide hosting as they have already done.”

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Mr Morrison addressed media following a meeting with government ministers and community groups at Parliament Housie, where issues with resettlement were discussed.

He said that the government’s recent announcement on increasing the refugee intake in the one-off arrangement reflected the community response to the global asylum seeker crisis.

“I think Australians want to be able to help where they can and they want to be able to help best where they can help best,” he said.

“I’m frankly overwhelmed by the level of number of people contacting members and officers and others wanting to be involved… I’d say to those people who want to open their room tomorrow afternoon to take someone in, you’ll need to be patient with us as we work through this process.

“We’ll find the most effective way to harness your support and contribution.”

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