Spitalfields Crypt Trust - Acorn House

Referral address

116-118 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6JN

Referral phone

020 7613 3055

Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Single homeless men aged 25+ with alcohol or drug problems, including rough sleepers and those with low-medium mental health support needs. No local connection required. Must be prepared to address their addiction in an abstinence-based rehabilitation setting.

Who we cannot help

Arsonists. Those who do not want to stop drinking or misusing drugs.

  • Minimum age accepted: 25
  • Maximum age accepted: None

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency. Can accept referrals direct from prison.

Referral procedure

Phone daily 9am-10pm or write, email or download form. Agencies must fill out a referral form. Self referrals can fill out application form at interview. If no current vacancies, may be placed on a waiting list. Must be entitled to benefits..

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 3 months
  • Maximum stay: 1 year

Support and accommodation

Support offered

6 staff, 24 hour sleep-in cover. Project offers a rehabilitation programme in an alcohol and drug free environment. Keywork system (4 residents per worker) with weekly meetings. needs and risk assessments. Action plans reviewed monthly. Residents expected to attend activities to help with rehabilitation process, including counselling, life and social skills training, gardening project, DIY, literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

Rooms and charges

£35pw required from residents in receipt of benefits.

  • Single: 16
  • Total spaces: 16


  • Furnishings: Rooms fully furnished.
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  • Disabled facilities: None.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

Must attend residents' meetings and take part in rehabilitation programme. No alcohol or drug use at or away from the project. Smoking in designated area only. Excluded licence agreement.


By arrangement outside programme hours and in communal areas only. No overnight guests.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Old Street or Liverpool Street tubes - 10 minutes walk. Buses 26, 48, 55, 149, 242.


Food, clothes, household goods, money. Phone 020 7613 5722 for details.

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