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National charity to run city’s rough sleeper service

Gary Hart July 25, 2015

St Mungo’s Broadway has been awarded the contract to run Brighton & Hove City Council’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Homelessness Service from September for three years.

St Mungo's Broadway

Last April two well established, homelessness charities St Mungo’s and Broadway joined forces.

St Mungo’s has helped people sleeping rough since 1969, and has developed many ground breaking rough sleeper services including the first specialist project for elderly rough sleepers, a service for those addicted to alcohol and, more recently, they set up the first Recovery College in the homelessness sector.

Broadway was created on 1 April 2002 from the merger of two London charities that also supported thousands of homeless throughout the city for more than 20 years.

Over the last five years St Mungo’s Broadway has expanded outside London to support rough sleepers in Bristol, Reading and Oxford and South Essex as well as the Sussex Outreach service, which covers the whole of the county, except the Unitary authority of Brighton and Hove.

Petra Salva, Director for Street Homelessness and Outreach Services at St Mungo’s Broadway, said: “The starting point for our work is that rough sleeping is harmful and dangerous, and that no one should have to sleep rough in this day and age. We’ll be working with people to tackle the particular problems that lead to them sleeping rough and aiming to connect them with services as needed, from housing to health services and into skills and work opportunities.

“We are looking forward to working with local partners in Brighton & Hove to support people as they move away from homelessness and on with their lives.”

Cllr Clare Moonan sits on the council’s new committee for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities and is lead spokesperson for rough sleepers.

Cllr Clare Moonan
Cllr Clare Moonan

She said: “Our city has long been under pressure from growing homelessness, particularly at this time of austerity. No one wants to sleep rough, and I am certain that St Mungo’s Broadway has the combined experience and expertise to work with the other partners across the city to support the many vulnerable people who live out on our streets to overcome their complex problems, and find the best way to rebuild their lives.”

St Mungo’s Broadway believes people can – and do – recover from homelessness. They provide a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.

They support men and women through more than 250 projects including emergency, hostel and supportive housing projects, advice services, specialist physical health, mental health and skills and work services