A community has opened a new shelter that will provide a warm place and support for the homeless.
Opened by Worthing Borough Council, the shelter, which sleeps 20, is based in a council-owned building in Marine Place, Worthing.
It not only offers a warm place to sleep, but also advice and support in tackling the causes of homelessness.
The opening coincides with the activation of Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP) due to the extremely cold weather.
The shelter is temporarily run by the community during the winter months and provides night staff and security.
The project is supported by volunteers and other organizations who help with food, recreational activities and personal attention.
People who use the shelter will also work with staff from the council’s housing team to agree on housing and support plans that will help find a way out of homelessness.
Those with no connection to Worthing can access the shelter, while staff help them file homelessness claims with other agencies.
The council will work with partners including the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, West Sussex County Council’s social care team and the Probation Service to try to overcome key barriers to placement.
The health and social welfare charity Change Grow Live (CGL) will provide substance abuse support to residents of the shelter.
Homeless charity Turning Tides Ending Local Homelessness will be on hand to meet residents’ immediate needs and will support those struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse.
The council is also working with Health Central Surgery on Stoke Abbott Road to help those in need of medical assistance or Covid-19 and flu vaccinations.
Food is supplied by volunteer groups, charities and restaurants. A number of churches in Worthing that previously operated shelters have helped provide beds for the shelter.
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