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What a strange year!!

November 23rd, 2020

I think we can all say that no one had predicted that 2020 would turn out the way that it did. Sadly, in one way or another, Covid 19 has affected everyone.

The things in life that we have taken advantage of, such as visiting family, friends, having a birthday party or a wedding, going to see a Show at the theatre or even going to “non-essential” shops have stopped.

Previously we would say “don’t forget your keys” before leaving the house has now been changed to “don’t forget your face mask and sanitiser”!!

New words have been added to our vocabulary such as Furlough, Key Worker and `R’ Rate.

Lockdown was difficult for everyone, but I can only assume it must have been even harder for all our families who live in our Hostels. But with all the staff members support, they have coped incredibly well.

With news of a vaccination bringing a light of optimism for 2021 and the festivities of Christmas in a matter of weeks, hopefully the end of 2020 will be a bit more of a jolly time.

In the meantime, Stay Safe, continue the Zoom meeting parties/quiz nights and don’t forget your face mask !

In Memoriam

November 23rd, 2018

P.C.H.A. received the sad news that Mrs. Doreen Stairs had passed away on 26th October 2018.

In 1982 Doreen, President of the Portsmouth and District Free Church Women’s Council joined the Management Committee.  At that time, the Association, then known as Portsmouth and District Free Church Women’s Council Housing Association Ltd only had St. Paul’s House with the view to opening another hostel.

In 1985, Doreen was elected Chairman of the Management Committee, a position she held till 1994. During her time as Chairman,  the Association opened Somers Road Hostel in 1986 and St. Monica’s House in 1993.

Mrs. Stairs laying the Foundation Stone for St. Monica’s House 27th August 1993


In 1994, a new Chairman was elected and Doreen continued to be an active member of the Management Committee until she retired in 2011.

Doreen Stairs will be fondly remembered by Portsmouth Churches Housing Association Ltd as a wonderful kind lady who was committed in helping many young homeless families and young women in the Portsmouth area.


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Doreen Stairs

27th June 1924 – 26th October 2018


A Successful Christmas Campaign

January 8th, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Portsmouth donating to the Comfort and Joy Christmas Campaign, a total of £12,000 was raised and £5 gift cards distributed to clients from a variety of Portsmouth Organisations, including Portsmouth Churches Housing Association.

Residents in our Somers Road Hostel said that they were going to use the gift cards to buy items for their Christmas Dinner.  Christmas is a perfect time to get together and have fun and it meant a great deal to them that strangers thought about them and took the time to donate a gift card.


Portsmouth News Comfort and Joy Campaign

December 4th, 2017

Portsmouth Churches Housing Association is one of eleven organisations in the Portsmouth area that will be benefiting from the Churches Homeless Action and Portsmouth News Comfort and Joy Campaign.

Members of the public are being asked to donate a £5 supermarket shopping gift card, which will be distributed to homeless people, young families and vulnerable young adults  who live/are supported by the eleven organisations.

On Thursday 30th November 2017, The News published an about Portsmouth Churches Housing Association and how the Campaign will benefit the residents who live in our hostels.



Emma Adams, a member of the Housing Management Team was interviewed on behalf of PCHA.  Emma explained about the Hostels and the client groups that live in our accommodation and how a small gift of a £5 gift card can make all the difference to someone who was on a low income or may have no contact with any family and may not receive any cards or gifts at Christmas.

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To read the full article and see a brief interview with Emma Adams plus click on the link below.

If you wish to be involved, follow these steps :-

  1. Buy a Christmas Card and write a message (but do not include your name or address)
  2. Purchase a £5 supermarket gift card
  3. Put the gift card into the Christmas Card envelope, but do not seal the envelope.
  4. Place in a larger envelope (seal this one) and post to Deanery Office, St. Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Portsmouth PO1 1HT.


Article by Byron Melton and Photograph by Habibur Rahman

The Portsmouth News Comfort and Joy Christmas Campaign 2017

November 20th, 2017

The Portsmouth News in collaboration with Churches Homeless Action Group have set up the Comfort and Joy Campaign.  The purpose of the campaign is to distribute Christmas Cards with a £5 Supermarket Gift Card to those in need.

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Portsmouth Churches Housing Association, along with other eleven other organisations in the Portsmouth area selected, will benefit from the Campaign.


To kick start the Campaign, The News published an article which gave details as to how people can donate and where to send the gift cards and a list of the organisations that will benefit.


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The donation of the £5 gift card means that the families and the single women living in our hostels can purchase something extra special that they would not normally be able to afford to do due to low income.

For others it may be the only gift that they receive this year, and knowing that someone has thought about them at this time of year can mean so much to them.

To read the article and find out how to get involved please visit



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