West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership

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UPDATE: Future funding for housing-related support in West Sussex

At the end of 2018, West Sussex County Council approved recommendations to cut 64% (£4 million) of funding for housing-related support services in the county over the next two years. As there will be no change to current services until the 1st October 2019, the combined 64% budget savings for 2019/20 and 2020/21 will come into effect as of 1st October 2019.

The decision to proceed with such a significant reduction to funding is hugely disappointing, and will undoubtedly have an impact on support available for vulnerable people sleeping rough on the streets and at risk of homelessness.

Our priority now is to minimise this impact and do what we can to protect vital services for those that rely on them.

We are doing this by working with West Sussex County Council and local providers to develop new models of support aligned to the reduced funding available.We are also exploring opportunities to secure additional funding from other sources such as the NHS and local District and Boroughs.       

At this stage, there are still lots of discussions to be had until we know what the future will look like for housing-related support across the county.  We will keep this page updated as developments progress.

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-tenancy 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.

 

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Contact Details

Name: 
Beate Weiberle
Job Title: 
Operations Manager for the West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership
Telephone: 
01903 867 320