A homeless charity is looking for new premises to operate an emergency shelter service.
St Mungo’s, which works with Brighton and Hove City Council, needs a new base for its No Second Night Service (NSNO) in the city.
NSNO has been operating from a property on St Catherine’s Terrace in Hove since October 2021.
It provides emergency shelter for people who have had a bad night’s sleep, helping them get off the streets and begin their recovery from homelessness.
Necessary repair work on the building, which belongs to a private landlord, means that a new home is now being sought.
St Mungo’s regional manager, Rahul Sen, said: “We conduct regular assessments and inspections of the properties we use as part of our routine maintenance program and our most recent inspection of this building has revealed a number of concerns, so we – in consultation with the Council – have decided to leave the building while more extensive inspections can be carried out and the extent of the work required can be further assessed.”
So far, the majority of residents have been given alternative accommodation and it is hoped that the remaining customers will be accommodated elsewhere in the coming days.
Rahul added: “NSNO is invaluable when it comes to helping people recover from homelessness.
“It provides quick assessment, reconnection and relocation services for people who are sleeping in an outdoor location for the first time, so we are keen to find alternative premises to operate from.
“We will continue to support all our customers in the future and hope to find a new home soon.”
Councilor David Gibson, co-chair of Brighton City Council’s housing committee, said: “Our ‘No Second Night Out’ scheme is an important service in helping people move off the streets.
“It is important that we get short-term accommodation to people quickly, before they are hit by the larger difficulties faced by many people who have poor long-term sleep conditions.
“We have worked with St Mungo’s to ensure they can continue to provide the service.
“It is an urgent priority for us to work with St Mungo’s and help them find replacement buildings as quickly as possible to ensure we can prevent the number of people who are having trouble sleeping in the city from rising .”
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