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.