It is difficult for those who have not experienced homelessness, or been at risk of losing their home, to appreciate the impact that such events have on people. When children are also involved, the practical and emotional effects are multiplied, along with serious impact on family relationships. Therefore, the work of CHAT across Mid Devon is vital.

CHAT (Churches Housing Action Team) has been working since 1995 to tackle homelessness, avoid evictions and bring hope to the communities of Mid Devon.

All our services are provided entirely free by a dedicated team of highly trained staff, supported by knowledgeable volunteers.

We believe that everyone is entitled to decent, secure and affordable housing – somewhere to call home.

We give free, impartial and confidential Housing Advice in person, over the phone or by email, and our advisers can act on your behalf where necessary.

With the free support from our Tenancy Support workers we can support you to keep your home and move on with your life.

We can offer current clients Debt and Money Advice where appropriate.

We have a range of essential items to help people in the community, many donated to us, which are distributed at CHAT’s discretion:

For anyone sleeping rough and not able to access housing immediately we have a store of tents and sleeping bags.

For those setting up home we have a store of donated bedding, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and pots and pans.

Our hardship fund can be used to help with anything from a copy of a birth certificate to a bus fare.

CHAT’s food bank serves the Tiverton area and is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm.  Food parcels are given out at CHAT’s discretion on receipt of a food voucher from referral agencies such as Local Welfare and GP surgeries.  Food banks are also based in Cullompton and Crediton churches.

CHAT enjoys the support of committed volunteers and benefits greatly from the generosity of the local community.