Support for people with mental health issues
Poor mental health makes it more likely that people will lose their accommodation. Homelessness can also lead to a deterioration in mental health.
If you are experiencing problems with your mental health that may lead to you becoming homeless it is important to get help with your mental health and advice on how to keep your accommodation. It is better to act quickly, delay may mean you losing your accommodation.
To get help and support for your mental health you can go to your doctor, or if you are in a crisis with your mental health call the Sussex Mental Healthline 0800 0309 500. They offer crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone in Sussex needing urgent mental health support.
East Sussex County Council’s mental health directory gives more information on mental health services and support.
You can get housing advice from BHT Sussex Tel: Eastbourne Advice Centre 01323 642615 or Brighton Advice Centre 01273 645455.
Social Services Support
If, because of your mental or physical health, you find it difficult to do regular daily tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, paying bills, feeding yourself, bathing, getting dressed, you may be able to get help from social services.
To get this help you will need to ask social services to do a needs assessment. East Sussex County Council have an online assessment: Assess yourself | East Sussex County Council or you can contact them: tel 0345 60 80 191 or email: email@example.com
Homeless or threat of homelessness
If you are homeless, or about to become homeless, you can apply for help from the Council by completing the online application form or tel 01323 410000 or 01273 471600
The Council will assess your case to decide what duty is owed to you. Not everyone who is homeless is entitled to temporary accommodation. We will help anyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness to find somewhere to live
Supported housing is available for people who are homeless, unable to live independently and need some support to help them keep accommodation. For most of the schemes you will need to be referred by the Council.
Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA has supported housing for 16 to 25 year olds.
Eastbourne Foyer, run by YMCA, provides supported accommodation for people aged between 16 to 25 years old.
Newhaven Foyer, run by the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) provides supported housing for people aged 16 to 24 years old.
Sanctuary Housing has two schemes: One for people with mental health problems and additional support needs. Another scheme provides accommodation and support for homeless people with drug/alcohol addiction, mental health problems and mild learning difficulties.
The Colonnades, Eastbourne, is a block of 74 flats with support.
The housing register – social housing
If you are eligible, meet the qualification and local connection requirements, you can apply to join the housing register for social (Council and housing association) housing.
It is important to understand that there is a shortage of social housing in Lewes and Eastbourne and the waiting times are long.
Your application will be assessed and if are entitled to join the register you will be given a band in accordance with the allocation policy.
Homeless applicants who have not had a full housing duty accepted need to meet the Local Connection criteria and will then go into band C.
Homeless applicants for whom a full housing duty has been accepted do not need to meet the Local Connection criteria and will be placed in band B if they are living in our temporary accommodation, or have made their own temporary arrangements
The housing register is the only route into social (other than supported) housing.
Waiting times for Social Housing
Lewes and Eastbourne Councils each have about 1000 applicants on the housing register.
On Band C a household can expect to wait over 5 years and on Band B more than 2-3 years, Band A 1-2 years.
The quickest route to securing alternative accommodation is into the private rented sector. Lewes and Eastbourne Councils can help homeless applicants with financial assistance for rent in advance and deposit and rent guarantee schemes.
For more information see the Councils’ leaflets and also Finding accommodation self-help guide.