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BHT has held a series of talks to raise awareness about homelessness as part of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week.
Members of staff took the opportunity to talk to churches and community groups about the work that they do, the services that they provide and the clients who they work with.
BHT representatives spoke at a range of events over Poverty and Homelessness Action Week and will be continuing to do so over the coming year.
Any churches or community groups interested in having a speaker at one of their meetings can contact Jo Berry on 01273 645464
Figures recently published have confirmed that the number of families living below the poverty line in Brighton and Hove and in areas of East and West Sussex, including Eastbourne and Hastings, have dramatically increased. Once the benefit cuts come into effect these figures will sadly increase further.
BHT has never been so busy. Last year alone, in partnership with a number of organisations across the County, we helped over 8,000 local people.
Our Advice Centres in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings assisted almost 6,000 people who came to us seeking legal or debt advice, help accessing welfare benefits, help with housing issues or help in finding accommodation. Through early intervention we are often able to resolve issues to the satisfaction of tenants and landlords alike.
Poverty and Homelessness Action Week provides us with an opportunity to talk about our work, the need for our services and how we are helping to move people forward from poverty and homelessness and onto a more positive future.
Andy Winter BHT Chief Executive