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Homeless and Rough Sleeper Crisis

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Raised by 120 people in 12 months
The numbers of rough sleepers are increasing, so far we have managed to rise to the task of providing life saving kit along with food and provisions right across the city of Brighton and other parts of Sussex. The latest official numbers show around an 130% increase in Rough Sleeping and more than double the numbers managing to get into some sort of temp or emergency accommodation where homeless often struggle because of the lack of normal household items, we are providing these essential items as part of our remit. These items sometimes are as simple as plates and cutlery but sometimes we provide microwaves, radios and even TV's which encourage the clients to spend more time in their rooms making it easier to engage with services and keeping them away from the dangers on the streets. We also supply food drops giving them a start till their benefits catch up.

New shelters alongside the established ones are helping more this year than ever but they still for whatever reason between them only cover less than half of the rough sleepers, we are servicing the rest approx 120. On top we are providing a weekly full meal alongside clothing and provisions to the many who for whatever reason will not engage with the more established services.

Our commitment to working towards a solution for homelessness could not be more evident as is our ability to provide a free and unrestricted service to some of the hardest or most vulnerable in the city, we turn no one away.

We would formally like to request consideration for a funding grant from either the Homeless Support Funds or/and Prevention of Homeless Funds. An award would see us safely through to the end of winter period and we have estimated the increase in extra provisions will leave us having to find approx £9400 to cover running costs till then. Our volunteers are all donating themeselves just to keep the charity running, no one receives wages in fact most are paying to work. We are a small charity fighting the biggest crisis in UK right now.
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I cannot thank you guys enough and the difference we are able to make on the street is there for you all to see, we have now virtually finished building our own commercial kitchen, we had fridges donated from Alfresco and all we need now if a commercial freezer, Family First have bought us a freezer van so we are able to collect donated fresh food round the city and store and cook, the street numbers are double and we are seeing so many malnourished that giving good food out is essential....Thank you from every person on the street and I hope you are able to keep supporting them..Love Jim
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People have been so kind and we are working flat out getting a kitchen together meaning we are able to cook for more homeless and use food donations quicker... We have managed to buy a refrigerated Van as well now so able to get fresh food at end of day and move it safely.
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We are having a very busy summer the numbers of rough sleepers is growing weekly but the volunteers are stepping up to the crisis, everyone withing Sussex Homeless Support is a volunteer we pay no wages...despite this we are struggling with finance, our weekly fuel bills are hight as we also now do homedrops to client that get into supported accomodation, we belive this food drop will help the feel at home and build up their strength. This seems to be working well...we carry on the fight but we need support if you can give the smallest amount it will help in the biggest way, thanks, Jim
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This is Iain one of our good mates, we shared loads of time with him last winter, the bus was a great place for him to rest and chat, he had us all rolling in laughter, he charmed all the ladies and they enjoyed his stories of America,,,,,Iain died a few months ago, he was given a joint with some spice in it and his heart could not take the crap, cheap and illegal drug....we fight this fight every day and we will not stop till every homeless person has a choice....... If you can help in any way,,,,,
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