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Because of COVID-19, for the first time ever everyone sleeping on the streets of West Sussex has access to a safe bed and a room of their own. But they can't stay in hotels forever; without action, they will soon be back on the streets, vulnerable and at risk. In response, we plan a new Housing First initiative that will offer a permanent home to as many rough sleepers as possible. Globally, Housing First has achieved an incredible record of success with some of the most challenged homeless individuals and is widely adopted in Denmark, Sweden and Canada; we want to bring the concept to West Sussex. We want make the most of this opportunity the crisis has given us to engage with these very vulnerable people, and work with them to plan a more positive future. We appeal to you to contribute toward a fund to help our clients set up a home - buying white goods, furnishings and equipment - whatever is needed to ensure this new home is sustainable and a place of safety for them, forever.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our project is aimed at some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The most common shared histories amongst our clients are care leavers, victims of domestic violence; ex-offenders and ex-servicemen. The challenges they face to regaining independence are many and complex. Rough sleepers represent some of the worst off amongst this demographic, and their average age at death is 47. This appeal is a crucial part of a wider project aimed at eradicating rough sleeping and transforming the lives of these very vulnerable people. Stonepillow will provide intensive 1:1 support in order to ensure that new tenancies and maintained. This crisis fund for which we launch an appeal will enable us to work with our clients to make a new house into a home - furnished with the essential things they need but do not possess. It will help keep 70-80% of those participating off streets forever, help them become independent, contributing members of society, and without doubt will save lives.
Steps to get it done:
The problem of rough sleeping has been highlighted by agencies in West Sussex since becoming increasingly aggravated in our area. Nationally, a reduction in numbers was recorded between the autumn 2018 & 2019 counts; but West Sussex saw a dramatic increase. Chichester was the 7th worst local authority nationally for increased numbers which almost doubled from 16 in 2018 to 31 in 2019. Stonepillow is leading the fight against this trend, & this project is absolutely fundamental to a successful outcome. Our community has been shocked by the rising levels of rough sleepers in our midst. Their compassion has been reflected in the support shown to Stonepillow in recent months, with onset of the pandemic bringing a rise in collective action to protect & care for the most vulnerable in our community. This project will enable us to harness this community energy, to act upon the opportunity the crisis has presented us with & to make a huge step towards eradicating this problem in our county.
About the space
Chichester and Bognor Regis
Chichester District Council
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