Combating Homelessness, Creating Opportunities, Promoting Change

PRS Solutions

BHT’s PRS (Private Rented Sector) Solutions project consists of two services:

Tenancy Support Service

New Start

TSS (Tenancy Support Service)

This service aims to equip clients who experience mental health issues with the practical skills and knowledge that are specific to sustaining tenancies in either the private sector or social housing, through weekly, focussed coaching from a team that specialises in housing access and support.

The service is available to clients who have been referred from a higher need service in the mental health pathway and meet the following criteria:

  • an on-going mental health need
  • ready to live more independently
  • willing to engage with the work required
  • aged 18 years and above

Clients may exit and re-enter the service as needed and agreed with their support.

How to apply

To make a referral please complete the TSS Project Referral Form and forward it via email

To discuss a referral please call Mandy Jones on 01273 645426

Enquiries

For all other queries, please send us an email with the subject line titled ENQUIRY.

New Start

The New Start project receives referrals from hostels, temporary accommodation projects in the homelessness pathway.

How to apply

To make a referral please complete a New Start project referral form as well as a New Start project risk assessment form

For referral workers and clients the PRS Readiness Portfolio Workbook provides detail and guidance on which areas to focus upon prior to joining the project.

To discuss a referral please call Mandy Jones on 01273 645426

Enquiries

For all other queries, please send us an email with the subject line titled ENQUIRY.

Real Life Story

I first accessed PRS Solutions when I was in a BHT Move-On house, and looking to find a place of my own. I had no money for deposit or rent in advance, and no-one to act as Guarantor, but staff talked about getting together a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that I would be a good tenant. I set about getting these together, and within a few months, with help from staff, I had found a studio flat in Hove, with a very nice and extremely supportive landlady. I still live in one of her flats.

Having my own place was great, but I hadn’t anticipated how much of a struggle it would be paying the bills from my benefits, particularly as I had other debts I was making repayments on too. After a year I missed my first rent payment, and immediately got back in touch with staff. They were great, liaising with my landlady to address the situation of the rent, and putting me in touch with MACS, who gave me excellent advice on my debts, how to prioritise, and how to make arrangements with my utilities providers to ensure I would not get cut off, or receive any more final demands.

Staff then asked if I would be interested in volunteering with PRS Solutions. I volunteered for seven months, helping people who were in situations like the one I had been in, and found it hugely rewarding.

I now have a part-time job, am still on top of my financial situation, pay my rent in advance, and am extremely positive about the future.

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