Host Family

At the moment thousands of refugees with residence permit are waiting in asylum seekers’ centres for permanent accommodation. Do you have a spare room in your home to host a refugee for the period of   up to three months? We can help you expertly with the hosting process.  We believe that with the right guidance hosting a refugee will be a wonderful experience for both you and your guest.  You will offer your guest a warm welcome and a positive start to a life  in the Netherlands. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. Have you already decided that you would like to be a host?  Apply to be a host now.  Do you have any questions and would like to have more information? Then please get in touch with us.

More information

Once you have  applied to Takecarebnb we will provide a so-called ‘matchmaker’. This is how we call our volunteers  whose task is to find the most suitable match between a host and a guest. Your matchmaker will get in touch and invite you for an introductory meeting to look jointly at your application and get a good understanding of your personal situation, your preferences and expectations. Based on your answers we will draw up a profile and start looking for a suitable guest. Once a suitable match has been identified, the matchmaker will arrange a meeting.  If this meeting works out well and there is a  ‘click’ between you and the prospective guest, an appointment will be made for a try-out weekend at your home. If this also works out well for both parties a temporary stay arrangement can be put in place.

Your data will be carefully stored and will not be shared with third parties without your consent. For more information, take a look at our privacy statement.

You can, for example, encourage your guest to subscribe to ‘Language Buddy’, an initiative of the Dutch Refugee Council, and help your guest find a  church, mosque or sports club. Together with your guest you may also want to look into other suitable facilities, such as local clubs and activities for refugees, that might of interest to your guest.

This regulation refers to a three-month period of stay with a host family. All the rules and conditions can be found on the  website of COA.

We hope that your guest can move to his or her own house within three months. If this is not possible the guest will be able to move back to the asylum seekers’ centre, which needs to be reported to COA at least two weeks in advance. It is also possible to extend the period of stay if both parties agree, or stay with a new host.

A mutual agreements can be  made between the guests and the host families. The matchmaker discusses this issue at  the introductory meeting with the host family and with the guest. We do not provide any advice or guidelines.

Yes, that is allowed and rules  are the same as for Dutch citizens. Any earnings income should be reported to COA. The earnings will be deducted from the COA allowance.

Yes, your guest can travel and the rules are the same regardless of whether he or she lives in an Asylum Seekers’ Centre or with a host family. This means that the guest must be available to report   to COA within one day, for example to accept a house. As this normally takes place on weekdays  your guest will need to make sure that he or she is able to return within a day if travelling on a weekday.

Refugees with residence permit who move out of the asylum seekers’ centre to stay temporarily with a host family keep their weekly financial allowance as well as health and liability insurance. It is important that you check if  your accidental claims insurance also covers any damage caused by the guest as this differs from one insurance provider to another.

This depends on the earnings, if any, of your guest. Normally your welfare benefits should not be affected but you can check this with your municipality.


This depends on the earnings, if any, of your guest. Normally your welfare benefits should not be affected but you can check this with your municipality.

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