West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership
Latest news on future funding for the service
Following a proposal to cut funding for housing-related support from October 2019, and subsequent lobbying from Southdown and the Coalition of Providers to save vital services, West Sussex County Council has confirmed it will cut funding by 64% over the next two years (2019/21). This includes Southdown’s West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership and Mental Health Supported Housing services along with other housing support services, homeless hostels, refugee and young peoples’ accommodation.
The Council's final decision also stated that all current Housing Related Support Contracts are to be terminated by 30th September 2019 and new contractual arrangements developed to commence on the 1st October 2019. The Council's full decision is available to read on their website here.
Over the coming months, we will continue to work with other providers across West Sussex, the Council, our clients, the NHS and District and Borough housing leads to fight to save vital services.
If you have any questions or concerns about future funding for our West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.
Working together to prevent homelessness
Our West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership provides a range of support to prevent people, and their families, from becoming homeless.
We provide pre-tenan cy and floating housing support, supported accommodation and specialist targeted services to:
- Prevent homelessness and intentionality
- Support ‘at risk’ groups to access and/or sustain accommodation
- Offer interventions which reduce the need for clients to access statutory services
- Work to agreed shared priorities of the individual Counties, Districts and Boroughs
How the service works
Our Housing Support Officers are based in the community, Local Authority Hous ing Options Teams and NHS Acute Settings (mental health teams).
Once referred, a floating support officer will make c ontact to arrange a meeting to assess an individual‘s needs. A personal action place will be developed and regular contact (either in person or by phone) will be arranged.
Duration of support can vary depending on an individual’s needs, ranging from just a few days to months.
Working with hospitals
We work with West Sussex County Council to provide housing and benefits support in mental health acute care settings across the county.
Three housing support professionals provide a service integrated within the acute wards across West Sussex. The team directly support patients with issues relating to housing and welfare benefits including providing: a professional housing assessment; practical support for housing issues; help to plan discharge around suitable housing options; advice and guidance around housing and welfare benefits; support in taking steps to maintain or acquire accommodation, and help liaising with Housing Benefit Departments, Councils, landlords and support providers.
Referrals to the service
- Referrals for homelessness prevention is through the Housing Options Teams in District and Borough Councils.
- Referrals for patients at risk of homelessness upon discharge is through co-located Housing Support Officers based within acute settings.
- Referrals for clients requiring Supported Housing is through Team Managers based at our West Sussex Regional Office in Worthing.
The Partnership doesn’t accept direct referrals from individuals.