Sussex Nightstop is working in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council Housing Options Teams and Adult Social Care to provide a service for adults aged 26 years and over, who are at risk of rough sleeping. The shift towards preventative work is to catch people before they fall into rough sleeping and keep them safe.
Adults can become homeless for many reasons including relationship and family breakdowns, unemployment and redundancy, bereavement, tenancy breakdown, financial and benefit issues. Mental health and substance misuse can also play a part.
Sussex Nightstop supports adults with low support needs and is most impactful at the prevention and early intervention phase where people are at risk of homelessness. In these instances, people may not recognise their circumstances e.g. sofa surfing, as ‘homelessness’.
The adult model operates in the same way as the Young Peoples service for 16-25 year olds, currently celebrating its ten-year anniversary. Nightstop aims to keep adults safe, warm, fed and supported on a nightly basis to enabling them to access wrap around support from our partners and work towards the goal of a long term, stable housing solution.
Fran, our Adult Coordinator, is using her experience to develop and coordinate the service for adults, ensuring individuals are working with appropriate agencies so that they are supported whilst they are in staying in Nightstop.
If you are interested in being a volunteer host for adults please contact our Support Worker Emily on 07788 318 905 or email [email protected]