Homeless people could be left on the streets when a council-funded shelter closes this week, it is feared.

St Patrick’s Night Shelter in Cambridge Road, Hove, is due to shut on Friday, removing 29 adult beds for rough sleepers.

A fundraiser has been set up in a bid to get money for sleeping bags, tents and other equipment to help of those who could be forced to sleep on the streets.

Siobhan Baker, who set up a GoFundMe page for a homeless man called Blue, said: “It’s absolutely awful. I’m trying my absolute hardest to raise money or donations.

“I am urgently trying to help Blue with collecting items that he and Frankie [his dog] will need when this time comes.”

Siobhan said Blue had struggled to find accommodation for himself and his English bulldog Frankie.

She has created a GoFundMe page to help pay for supplies and has so far raised £30.

Brighton and Hove City Council said it is helping those affected by the closure to find alternative accommodation.


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Councillor Gill Williams, chairwoman of the housing committee, said: “We have been working with YMCA for a number of months now to find alternative accommodation for everyone due to be displaced by the closure of the YMCA’s St Patrick's hostel.

“Our homelessness prevention team has met with residents of the hostel and given them advice on their legal rights and the options available to them.

“We have been working with YMCA and other partners to support residents and help them move into alternative supported accommodation.

“Targeted funding is also available to residents to help them settle into any new accommodation.

“We will do our best to offer alternative accommodation.

“We also do our best to accommodate people with their pets, but it’s not always possible to find accommodation that will accept them.”

St Patrick’s Night Shelter has been run by YMCA Downslink on behalf of the council.

The charity said the council “has not been able to retain the building” past March 2024 and that the council had chosen not recommission the service.

The council did not respond to requests for a comment.