New East Sussex ‘Rapid Rehousing Pathway’ project to support rough sleepers find accommodation

Our Home Works service has received additional funding to deliver a ‘Rapid Rehousing Pathway’ project, working with recent rough sleepers in East Sussex to support them to find accommodation in the private and social rented sectors.

Ongoing tenancy sustainment support will also be provided to prevent individuals from returning to rough sleeping.

Three members of the existing Home Works team (one team leader and two tenancy sustainment officers - pictured) have been transferred to the one-year project to take up their posts on 7th May, with further recruitment in process to create a team of eight.

The project is funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).  Hastings Borough Council is the lead partner for the project, on behalf of Eastbourne, Lewes, Rother and Wealden Councils.

Sharon Peterson, team leader for the project from Home Works, says, “Working as part of the Home Works team, every day we see the dire circumstances many people are living in and increasing levels of street homelessness.  This new rapid rehousing pathway project enables us to focus support on some of the most vulnerable people living in our local communities.

“The team will work co-located within Housing Options team in each local authority as well as directly on the streets to actively engage with rough sleepers. An important part of the role is also to liaise with social and private sector landlords to secure suitable accommodation.

Sharon added, “Once accommodation is secured, we will provide tenancy sustainment to support individuals to manage and keep their tenancy. We’ll also provide a responsive and proactive service to landlords who are experiencing difficulties during the term of a tenancy, supporting resolutions where possible.”

Referrals to the project are made by the housing options team in each local authority and the housing specialist within East Sussex County Council’s Rough Sleeping Initiative.