Brighton Housing Trust
Accommodation for Work
Brighton Housing Trust's Accommodation for Work Project provides housing and support for homeless people who want to work, but are struggling with the devastating impact of homelessness. The only project of its kind in the UK, it offers a residential programme of work-focused support for homeless people who are working, volunteering or pursuing training/qualifications.
Many homeless people who are working or work-ready are often overlooked by mainstream homelessness services because they are viewed as not needing support, or they are not offered accommodation because of the misconception that they will not be able to afford hostel rents while working. The Accommodation for Work project challenges this view, offering temporary accommodation and support to the working homeless.
This unique project has helped house and support 82 people since it began in mid-2010. Bernadette Lynch, Project Manager, said: "
Residents live in an environment in which work and learning is the main focus. Their stay is based on the condition that they are working, volunteering or pursuing education or training." The houses are equipped with study areas where information can be found on courses, volunteering and work placements. Residents live with others in the same situation and can support one another on their journey back to work.
National Lottery funding worth £440,000 allowed Brighton Housing Trust to use three houses to provide a work-focused project offering shared accommodation for homeless people in the city. Lottery funding has also helped residents in many practical ways, such as help with course fees and travel fares to work when there was no other funding available. The project has two full-time key workers, who advise on job applications, courses, work placements and volunteering opportunities. They also work with residents to address the issues which caused them to become homeless and support them to access more permanent housing.Accommodation for Work Big Lottery Fund Back to top