£290,000 lottery grant for housing charity

HOUSING charity BHT Sussex has been awarded £290,600 of Big Lottery Fund cash to help homeless and insecurely housed people in the town find accommodation in the private rented sector.

The Hastings Advice Services Housing Access Project will help participants gain a range of skills that will assist them with finding and securing accommodation, from understanding the requirements of landlords to demonstrating positive tenant behaviour.

The course will also assist people in looking for volunteering, learning and employment opportunities, and work with local private landlords to overcome real and perceived barriers to housing homeless people.

A system of peer support will also be in place through which people can share their experiences.