We can help if you answer yes to the following:

  • A man over 18
  • Problems with substance misuse / addiction
  • Eligible to claim Housing Benefit
  • Willing to remain abstinent
  • Can refer from the community or when preparing for release from prison

We cannot accept the following:

  • A history of sexual offences
  • A history of arson
  • No right to Housing Benefit
  • Severe mental health problems such as psychosis
  • Recent history of violence

What Happens Next

If you think you might want to join Nehemiah you can ask your keyworker or probation officer to refer you.

Phone Paul Da Costa on 07719 960 703 or Hannah Rodgers on 07379 124 193, to talk about your referral

The out-of-hours contact number is 07385 184 648

You can email Paul and Hannah on


To join Nehemiah a man must be referred, using our application form. This can be done as a self-referral, or by an agency worker.

We will send you a risk assessment form to fill out to support all possible interview candidates.

We treat all applications in the strictest confidence, and evaluate all forms using the same criteria.

Anyone can phone our Referrals Coordinator to discuss a referral.

Self Referral

If you want to join Nehemiah, you must fill out an application form. If you find forms hard, you can ask for help. You can download an application form by clicking here, or we can send you a paper one in the post. Phone Paul Da Costa on 07719 960 703 or Hannah Rodgers 07379 124 193, or email

The more you tell us in your form, the easier it is for us to decide that you can come to Nehemiah. We will not share your information with anyone outside of Nehemiah.

Assisted Referral : for agencies

Please complete an application form and send to Paul Da Costa or Hannah Rodgers,, or by post to:

The Nehemiah Project,

47 Tooting Bec Gardens,


SW16 1RF

We also ask for a risk assessment form. You can send us your own risk assessment form if your agency prefers.


Once we receive an  application form, it is assessed by our Recovery Programme Team, and a decision is made whether to interview the man. If the applicant does not meet our criteria, we try to let everyone know as soon as possible.

If the applicant can attend interview, it will be held at one of our houses, either in Streatham or Croydon

If the applicant is in prison, two members of our staff can visit to conduct the interview.

A decision will then be made, and the applicant will be informed in the week following the interview. Successful applicants will be invited to join the programme as soon as possible, or will be placed on the waiting list if there is no vacancy. Applicants on the waiting list should keep in touch with Nehemiah until a vacancy arises. Priority is on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

When attending interview, men will be drug-tested and breathalysed. Anyone testing positive will be asked to leave the premises immediately.

Stories of Transformation

Darren’s Story

I’ve graduated now and moved to the second phase ‘Moving On’. The house is very calm and I’ve started a three year plumbing course. I go to college three days a week.

Victor’s Story

I hope to start a business, to help people that were in my position, support places like Nehemiah, that supported me when I needed help. The Nehemiah is the only thing that’s worked.

Jimmy’s Story

I don’t want to re-offend. This is my last chance. It is all or nothing. I am using this opportunity the best I can, in order to better my life and those around me.

Sam’s Story

This time last year I had nothing, no one, and nowhere to go. Now everything has changed. I have a new hope. I have a future.