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The City’s Emergency Homeless Shelter Opens

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The temporary emergency cold weather shelter has opened up for rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove.

Again this winter, BHT is working with Brighton and Hove City Council and CRI to ensure there is an offer of shelter for every rough sleeper in the city when the weather forecast predicts night time temperatures of zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights.

BHT opened its doors for the first time this winter on the 30th January and is expected to stay open for many nights while the weather conditions are so bad.

Warm food, drink and bedding is available for everyone accessing the service and the early morning First Base rough sleeper’s session is running as usual for those seeking advice, health care and support.

The city’s rough sleepers hotline is Freephone 0808 1680414
or you can contact them by email

The council wants to make it as easy as possible for people who are sleeping rough to get in touch so that they can get the help they need. The hotline also means residents can get in touch to report rough sleeping when they become aware of it, and this assists the council to help as many people as possible.

We’re doing everything we can to make sure all rough sleepers in the city are made aware of the emergency cold weather shelter.

It can be a vital chance for our rough sleeper’s team to help people who might normally be difficult to engage with. In some cases it can lead to homeless people finding accommodation, or getting linked in with essential healthcare, benefits or legal support.

Councillor Liz Wakefield, BHCC Cabinet member for Housing

The ability of the City to provide emergency accommodation for those sleeping on the streets in freezing temperatures is down to the excellent joint working between the City Council, CRI, BHT and other homelessness organisations locally. Once again we have come together to provide safe and warm facilities to those most in need.

Nikki Homewood, BHT Director of Homelessness Services


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