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At BHT we always mark this week because poverty and homelessness are very much a part of what we do, it’s at the heart of our mission statement and we believe that the divide between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is one that needs to end.
But this year it seems more important than ever before.
Across the UK, people are struggling to make ends meet. More and more people are feeling the effects of the rising costs of food and fuel, static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits.
Low wages, zero-hours contracts and high interest charges on payday loans and door street lenders are all contributing to acute poverty and for some – homelessness.
Rough sleeping in Brighton and Hove has risen by 16% in the last year and the number of food banks in the city has risen from two to six to keep up with the demand.
At BHT we are seeing more and more people,the demand on our services has never been so high.
What are we doing to help?
BHT worked with 9,000 people across Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings in 2013; providing housing and benefit advice, representation and support to help people to move forward with their lives.
We offer a range of services to both challenge the causes of homelessness, poverty and marginalisation and to deal with the consequences. You can see a full list of our services by clicking on the services page.
We rely on donations from the public to help us to provide our services. Please support our work and help us to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community, helping them to be empowered, to move on from poverty and homelessness, towards more positive futures.