Michael Courts, Housing Policy and Performance Officer presented
a report on the Rough Sleeping bid, to update the LSP on the
partnership with Eastbourne / Lewes Councils, and the additional
funding to reduce rough sleeping as well as the proposed programme
of activities and mobilisation timetable.
was mentioned that rough sleeping had been increasing in East
Sussex, especially in Hastings and Eastbourne.. Funding of
£664,000 had been approved for 2018/19, with a bid for
additional funding in 2019/20 submitted, but yet to be confirmed.
The scheme would be working with partners to improve accessibility
to support services, temporary accommodation, and long-term housing
solutions. The key message that would be sent would be to fill the
gaps between the current services with the new scheme.
bid aims for a cross-county partnership, with plans to work with
West Sussex, using a CHAIN block database, to aid with information
sharing. This was opted for as individual needs would need to be
met for those who live a transient lifestyle. He said that the
proposal planned included a multi-disciplinary team, focusing on
health, mental health, social care, substance misuse and housing
services as well as an enhanced accommodation pathway, an expanded
outreach service and Rough Sleeping Prevention Service.
scheme would have a holistic approach, with the service aiming to
meet as many of the needs of the individual as possible.
Furthermore, the service would be hosted through core services for
robust pathways in to statutory services.
was stated that current accommodation pathways and services would
be enhanced, with eight assessment beds across Hastings, Eastbourne
and Lewes that would provide a stable environment for the
multi-disciplinary team to carry. It was further noted that there
would be 20 housing first units that would support those with the
most complex needs with a long term housing solution and a stable
With the scheme in action, he noted that there would be a short
timescale to mobilise the project, as they now recruit key posts
including Senior Project Co-Ordinator and the members of the
Multi-Disciplinary Team. On top of this, they were currently
identifying suitable accommodation for assessment and Housing First
Despite the aim to reduce rough sleeping, it was said that this
scheme would only be a small fix to a larger problem. A question
was raised in regards to the developments in the Adult Social Care
Consultation. The reply was that they thought it would be
sustainable moving forwards, with preventative support. But there
would be a need to share learning.
group stated that this was a considerable sum of funding, and there
should be a push to further strengthen links between organisations
in the voluntary sector in regards to this.
There was a question in regards to whether if a problem arose,
if the structure of the scheme would change. He answer was that
there was currently a strategic and management board, with the
latter overseeing operational parts of the scheme. On top of this,
they had committed to a flexible programme.