Project to help people back onto their feet

Launch of the Housing Access Project at the Advice Hub
Launch of the Housing Access Project at the Advice Hub

A NEW project has been launched to tackle homelessness and help those who are insecurely housed.

Hastings Housing Access Project (HHAP) is a new service from Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) which aims to support people within the local community to access private rented sector accommodation.

The service’s specialised support includes accommodation seekers training, one-to-one and drop-in sessions for individual support and guidance in finding and maintaining a tenancy, which will also help individuals build up a portfolio of all the documentation required by private landlords.

Other aspects of the project include a sharers matching service, peer mentoring scheme, and continued support for accommodation seekers up to a year after they have moved in to their new home.

A working group made up of tenants, landlords and other stakeholders will be monitoring the success and outcomes of the service and continued development.

Kay Reynolds, HHAP leader, said: “We are really pleased to launch this project in Hastings and St Leonards, and are confident that this project will help people to tackle the barriers that are preventing them from sustaining their tenancies, and help people to move forward from homelessness towards more positive futures.”

For all enquiries about the service or to make a referral contact HHAP on 01424 452611.

Alternatively, email hastingshap@bht.org.uk.

The project is based at the Advice and Community Hub, Renaissance House, St Leonards.