Really good news for BHT and all involved in the New England Hill project, according to Andy Winters (CEO BHT) the packing crates will be arriving later this month, and I have to stop calling them packing crates.
This has to be one of the best and simplest ideas to help with chronic problem Brighton and Hove now face. Anyone who has ever had anything to do with this city will know just how expensive private rents are.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the New England Hill project will provide housing for 36 people now living in supported housing; using converted shipping containers as single person homes freeing up space in the hostels for those now sleeping on the streets.
This is possibly the most significant news to date for all those people out there who do not have a roof over their heads. According to the latest figures there are over 40 people homeless at the moment in Brighton and Hove.
So with one swift action BHT has helped Brighton Council eradicate a blight on the lives of too many people.
That is of course if you believe the official figures, somehow, walking along Western Road at night, or past the soup runs at the Peace Statue in Hove at 7 O’clock, or the Aquarium in Brighton at eight the figure seems so much more.
Having been homeless myself, though a long time ago, I always wonder why the council, or any council in any major city does not ask the experts to come up with a more realistic figure.
By experts I’m not talking about Government appointed think tanks, but those people who have to face the day to day, hand to mouth struggle of survival that is living on the streets.