Accommodation for Work

Photo of 'Getting Ready for Work' event
Overcoming unemployment can be a big challenge, particularly if you are homeless.

BHT’s Accommodation for Work project aims to help homeless people off the streets and into employment and independent accommodation. It is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Working with people who feel they are ready to make a positive change and move their lives forward, the project offers temporary shared accommodation and support with work and learning. The project is for single adults aged 18-65 with a local connection to Brighton & Hove.

Each resident has a keyworker, who works with them to develop an individual employment plan which focuses on skills, training requirements and employment goals. Residents use their time at the project to engage in paid or voluntary work, training courses, or work placements.

I was always a bit scared to go into shared accommodation, because I’ve always lived on my own, but it’s actually been really good, it’s helped me socialise and keep going, learning from different people’s backgrounds and how they’ve coped helps you cope.

Accessing the Service

Referrals can be made by keyworkers or via Brighton & Hove City Council’s Housing Options Team on 01273 294400, or BHT Advice on 01273 645400. Please contact us on 01273 645440 if you have any questions about the process or wish to discuss a referral.

Having somewhere stable to live really helps as well as support if things do go wrong. I think I would have given up without it.

Getting Ready for Work

People at a job fair

The Accommodation for Work Project organises the twice-yearly Getting Ready for Work event, which brings together clients and keyworkers of homeless services with work and learning providers in the city. We have compiled a Getting Ready for Work Directory, which provides details of the providers that we work with for these events.

You can find this directory at the link below.

Enes

Increasingly we are working with people who are in work or who become homeless having lost their job. Our Accommodation for Work Project was set up to help people like Enes. He worked as a chef and lived in shared accommodation in Brighton. When the job came to an end, he struggled to find another job. His landlord would not accept housing benefit and he quickly became homeless.

He slept rough in doorways, struggling to find work and accommodation. He made a homeless application with the council and was referred to our Accommodation for Work Project. This was the first time in his life that Enes had been homeless. When he came for his interview, it was clear that he was in a state of shock. Mindful that he was rough sleeping, project staff made it possible for him to view a room the same day. Fortunately for Enes, a room had become vacant just the day before.