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BHT staff team in 1992
BHT staff team in 1992

This year BHT celebrates its 50th birthday.

From humble beginnings as a hostel in central Brighton, BHT has grown to become one of the largest charities working with homeless people in East Sussex, with services in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Over the last five decades, we have helped thousands of people with complex needs to secure safe accommodation, overcome barriers to work and learning, and address issues such as addiction, poverty and mental health and move away from homelessness.

We rely on the generosity of the local community to help keep many of our services operating and ensure that we can reach everyone who needs our support.

In our 50th year we are seeking to raise £50,000 to help us continue to support thousands of vulnerable people in Sussex.

Donations received through this appeal will go directly towards the running costs of our services, helping those who need it most, people who are experiencing poverty, isolation, exclusion or homelessness.

Our mission is to combat homelessness, create opportunities and promote change.
We want you to be part of that change. Thank you.

BHT in numbers

In the year leading up to 31st March 2018, 7,946 clients used the services offered by Brighton Housing Trust or were accommodated in the homes we provide:

  • 151 women used the Threshold Women’s Counselling Service
  • 431 people benefited from BHT’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Service
  • 432 people used the range of services provided by Whitehawk Inn
  • 1,471 clients across our services were rough sleepers, sofa surfing, staying with friends, living in caravans or in other short-term accommodation
  • 4,430 men and women received advice and legal representation from our advice centres in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings
BHT service users, 1980s
BHT service users, 1980s
Former Mayor, Jacqui Lythell and former BHT Director Jenny Backwell, 1986
Former Mayor, Jacqui Lythell and former BHT Director Jenny Backwell, 1986
By donating today, you’ll be helping us continue our work in combating homelessness, creating opportunities and promoting change across Sussex.