Housing & Homelessness

Housing is often defined as one of our basic needs. Homelessness and problems with housing can have a very negative effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Homelessness remains a significant problem in Brighton and Hove with its real shortfall of affordable housing.
Whatever your housing question, you can find a lot of information online on the Shelter and AdviceNow websites.
The options available to you will differ depending on your age – if you are under 26, the support and services you can access will be different – especially in relation to housing. It is important to seek advice as soon as you can if you have any concerns about your housing situation.


Housing Support

If your mental health is impacting on your ability to maintain your tenancy, live independently or look after your accommodation, you may be interested to know that support may be available to help you at home and that different types of accomodation exist.

mind Guide HousingMinds Guide to housing and mental health (PDF)

The Mind guide to housing and mental health This booklet is for anyone living with a mental health problem who wants  information about housing options. Section 1 describes the impact of housing on your mental health, common housing issues and explains how to access support. Section 2 gives guidance on the different types of accommodation available and their advantages and disadvantages.

Housing Services

You may wish to ask for a referral to Southdown Community Links.  They accept referrals from specialist mental health services and other supporting services in Brighton and Hove, such as: Shore House, Star Project, Tenancy Support Service and other supporting services in Brighton and Hove.

Housing Options – at Brighton & Hove City Council can help you keep your existing home, explore housing options and advice you on the Council’s statutory duties. It is not available if you are under 26 years old.

If you are under 26 you may wish to get in touch with YMCA Downslink  or the Young People’s Centre for advice.

You can also contact Citizens Advice, The Platform or one of the other agencies on the Advice Brighton-Hove website who deliver housing advice.


Homelessness Services

Some people may not regard themselves as homeless if they have a place to stay.  This may not be the case.  Shelter offers definitions of homelessness on its website: 

You should be considered homeless if you have no home in the UK or anywhere else in the world available for you to occupy. You don’t have to be sleeping on the streets to be considered homeless.

If you are homeless or facing homelessness you can get advice locally from the Brighton Housing Trust, who offer a number of service to help those in need.

Southdown Community Connections offers flexible and tailored support to prevent homelessness and improve mental health and wellbeing.

If you are sleeping rough or are concerned about somebody who is, contact Off The Fence Project Antifreeze, or BHT First BaseProject Antifreeze has produced a ‘Street Sheet’, which is a map of the City showing services for the Homeless. Contact these organisations directly for more information.

The services listed above are open to anyone of any age.  However if you are under 26 you may wish to access the services of a Young Person specific organisation such as the Clocktower or Nightstop.

Not registered with a GP?

Doctors of the World Provide a free and confidential service in Brighton and Hove. They can help you to:

  • Reigster with your local GP or Clinic
  • Access specialist services
  • Receive medical advice
  • Apply for free prescriptions, eye tests and dental care

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Brighton Homeless Healthcare Offer a full range of medical services to patients who are homeless or in temporary accommodation and not registered with a GP in Brighton & Hove.

They offer two walk in clinics per day, five days per week.


Further help

  • For more services providing information and support about housing and homelessness, look in our directory
  • If you need advocacy about an issue to do with mental health and housing, our advocacy team might be able to help.
If you need individual advice, please contact our advice and information team:
Telephone: 01273 66 69 50