Abigail Housing was named after a Zimbabwean lady who found herself destitute in the UK. This is her story:
She fled Zimbabwe in 2003 because her husband was murdered and she was scared. We were opposed to the violent and oppressive government of Robert Mugabe, which is why he was killed. Managing to get a flight to the UK, she stayed with an old school friend but her friend’s circumstances changed and she became homeless. It was then that she heard about a project in Leeds which provided short term accommodation to homeless asylum seekers. She was taken to a British couple’s home where she was kindly allowed to stay whilst she applied for asylum.
It was from Abigail’s desperation that Abigail Housing was born. Since its inception, Abigail Housing has grown and developed, now not only housing refused asylum seekers but refugees who are in danger of becoming homeless when they receive their Leave to remain in the UK and their Home Office, Section 95 support stops.