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Young homelessness need hits new peak in Brighton and Hove
12:30pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A homeless service has experienced its busiest month ever as vulnerable young people struggle to put a roof over their heads.
Youngsters in Brighton and Hove are being priced out of living space and are turning to charity for support in ever increasing numbers.
Staff at Sussex Nightstop blamed a perfect storm of Government policies and economic conditions pushing up demand for their services at an alarming rate.
The Hove-based service said July was their busiest month in their three-year history at what is traditionally a quiet time of year.
The demand on their service was twice their previous high in January and four times the need 12 months ago.
A shortage of hosts has meant that on occasions in the last two months youngsters have ended up sleeping on the streets.
The charity, which has office space in Western Road and Blatchington Road, helps young homeless people find temporary accommodation in the spare rooms of one the service’s hosts.
They are now calling for more hosts to help meet demand to add to 20 hosts currently based in Brighton and Hove and six based in West Sussex.
As well as residents who could offer teenagers and young twentysomethings accommodation for a night, the service is looking for homes willing to accommodate the homeless for up to a month.
Hosts receive expenses and the young people may become lodgers with the host in some cases.
Marie Ashton, coordinator for Brighton and Hove, said: “We are finding that young people are staying for longer and taking longer to find other housing.
“The rented sector in Brighton and Hove is becoming ever more competitive, landlords don’t want to take on young people, waiting lists for supported housing is getting longer and housing benefits barely cover the cost of a shared room in a house.
“When we set up three years ago it was providing one night at a time but now we are looking for houses for up to two weeks and even up to four weeks.
“This is not a one-off and we will need more hosts in place before our busy months this winter.”
Anyone interested in becoming a host can call 07500770996 or email email@example.com.
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