The first advice when becoming homeless is not to leave your home town if you have one. With respect of moving anywhere in the UK without a contact in the place you move to presents problems, as say, in Brighton where you will not be accepted on the Housing Register without a local connection. That is anywhere in the country.
There is a scheme whereby one can be given the fare back to the town you came from. But when in transit you are persona non gratis. But when you return to your previous place of residence you can access social services there and possibly get help to rehouse.
People with mental health and drug abuse problems can be a corollary of people having sleeping rough.
The Rough Sleeper Team know where people tend to sleep and can provide for them to come into BHT’s First Base in the Montpelier Sector of Brighton. People can come in: eat; clean up and get advice. This is a real life saver, especially in Winter.
“First Base is the first stop for those people on the streets. But staff are beleaguered by ever changing rules and tighter and tighter budgets.
Trying to find suitable accommodation for people with substance abuse habits and in far too many cases serious mental health issues in an already crowded city is to say the least, challenging.
But in the present day climate of people on benefits being demonised by the Government, the whole situation is made far worse.” said Chris Ellis. Service User Representative at BHT’s First Base.
By Gordon Scott