Phase One

Phase One is a 52 bed, high support hostel for single homeless people with complex support needs.

Photo from Centre for Homelessness Impact

The project works with clients who are largely vulnerable, chaotic and entrenched and are pre-contemplative about change. We work to increase self-esteem and create a space where service users can begin to address the issues at the root cause of their homelessness, make the changes necessary to lead more settled lives, and realise their aspirations. We do this by delivering a client-centred model of support that is psychologically informed.

We work with clients who are using alcohol and substances and encourage them to examine their substance misuse and take positive steps towards their recovery and abstinence. The project has an internal accommodation pathway, with 9 spaces in the structured Recovery-Focused Flats attached to the project. Clients from the main hostel move into these if they want to focus more intensely on their substance use recovery.

How to access this service

To be referred to the Phase One Project you have to have a local connection and have identified support needs.

All referrals to Phase One are made directly by Brighton and Hove City Councils Supported Accommodation Panel.

Contact Phase One

29-32 Oriental Place, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2LL


Helping someone off the streets is not as simple as just providing a roof over their head. Becs was referred to our 52 bed hostel, Phase One, in April 2013 having lost her accommodation. She had previously had her own independent tenancies but these had broken down due to rent arrears which had led to her entering a negative cycle and her engagement with support services had decreased.

Her physical health was poor due to her long-term alcohol and drug addiction which had also impacted her psychological well-being as she had been struggling with establishing positive sleep patterns causing her to feel depressed.

When she came to Phase One she wanted to work towards again getting her own independent accommodation and to re-establish contact with her son.


Sometimes people who we have supported contact us years after their time with us just to say thank you. It is always wonderful to hear from people who have turned their lives around, and a powerful testament to the long-term impacts of our services. Steve got in touch nearly ten years after he stayed at Phase One, our high-support hostel for people who are homeless in Brighton, where we work with people to address the root causes of their homelessness. This was Steve’s message to us.   Hi all at BHT Sussex, I just wanted to email you all as … Read more


Living day to day Last year, I was living a hectic life in Brighton and Eastbourne – to escape that I turned up on my mum’s doorstep, and I wasn’t looking well because I’d been on drugs for a long time. After 6 months Khan’s relationship with his mum and his recovery broke down. He had to leave his mum’s house and he returned to Brighton, where he had nowhere to live. He ended up sleeping rough. Khan was initially placed in emergency temporary accommodation, through the local Street Outreach Service, but he needed more supportive and longer-term housing, and … Read more

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