Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Support Service (Brighton & Hove)
Previously known as Community Links and Community Connections, the Southdown Homelessness Prevention and Mental Health Support Service provides short-term, flexible support to prevent homelessness and improve people's mental health and wellbeing.
Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.
We are adhering to social distancing and all Covid-19 safety advice set out by the Government.
We have resumed in person support and are meeting clients outside, or inside Covid safe venues (in certain circumstances). We are also continuing to offer phone support where this is appropriate.
Clients will be contacted prior to support to ask a few COVID safety questions in order to keep both our clients and staff safe.
In accordance with Southdown requirements detailed above, staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests prior to all in person appointments.
We can help in a range of ways:
- Support to prevent eviction by working with landlords and housing agencies
- Help and support to find new accommodation
- Support with budgeting and welfare benefits
- Understanding responsibilities and rights as a tenant / home owner
Mental Health Support
- Support to build self-confidence, reduce isolation and improve mental wellbeing
- Help to develop links with community agencies and groups
- Substance misuse support
- Help to access health services
- Help to access employment and learning opportunities
- Support for families and carers
How does the service work?
You will be offered an informal one to one with one of our team to discuss your situation and how we can help. We will then work with you to create an action plan tailored to your needs. We will review your plan regularly and reduce support as goals are achieved.
Am I eligible?
This is a free service for adults aged 18 and over living in Brighton and Hove living in private rented sector accommodation, who are at risk of homelessness and need support to secure or sustain their accommodation and/or support to manage an identified mental health need.
How do I apply?
In preparation for a new, remodelled floating support service for Brighton & Hove, Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Service will not be accepting any new referrals after 1st June 2021.
We will continue to support our current clients and the team can still be contacted on their existing numbers and addresses.
Our new Transition & Resettlement Service, due to be fully operational from 01 September 2021, will support people moving on from emergency accommodation or supported housing into the private rented sector and we look forward to working alongside other providers and stakeholders on this crucial next step in homeless prevention for Brighton and Hove.