In the year to 31st March 2018, 7,946 (2017: 7,354) clients and tenants used the services offered by the Trust or were accommodated in the homes we provide.
During the year, in our housing and accommodation support services, we accommodated:
- 514 households and individuals in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings in our community housing;
- 126 people in our specialist mental health services and 115 in our Addiction Services; and
- 53 people under 25 were in our Hastings Young People’s Service and 155 in our homeless hostels and other residential services.
(Each night we provide accommodation for 733 individuals and households).
4,430 men and women received advice and legal representation from our advice centres in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.
1,113 clients made use of the services provided at First Base Centre, 1,089 of whom were rough sleepers. 498 clients had a full needs assessment and engaged in a full programme of structured support. This resulted in 222 people being helped in accommodation.
432 people used the range of services provided by or from the Whitehawk Inn.
431 people benefited from our Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, including 151 women who used the Threshold Women’s Counselling Service.
We worked with 577 individuals in a range of support services and services helping people to secure accommodation in the private rented sector. Sadly, funding for all these services ended during the year.
Across all our services, there were 1,471 clients who were rough sleepers, sofa surfing, staying with friends, living in cars or caravans, or in other short-term temporary accommodation.
(Update: When this item was first posted, the incorrect figures were used for First Base Day Centre when it was reported that a total of 498 clients had used First Base. That figure related to the number of clients who had a full needs assessment and engaged in a full programme of structured support, resulting in 222 people being helped in accommodation. It has now emerged that in total 1,113 clients made use of the services provided at First Base Centre, 1,089 of whom were rough sleepers who used the early morning session but who might not have provided us with any details about themselves. This has resulted in an overall increase in the total number of people who have used BHT’s services (previously reported as 7,331, now 7,946) and the total of the number of rough sleepers across the whole organisation, previously 853, now 1,471.)