Over the past year the number of people sleeping rough in Eastbourne town centre has noticeably increased. The number of people contacting us for advice about issues which potentially lead to homelessness has also increased. At the same time we heard from many local people who were concerned about the problem and had various points of view as to the causes and the remedies, some compassionate and helpful, others more critical and simply wanting the problem to go away.
We decided that, in order to have any chance to improve things in the town, we needed to have a better understanding of the problem - the causes, the reality of homelessness and solutions or barriers to getting back into housing. So we researched the subject to gather information from the numerous local agencies who work tirelessly all year round to support homeless people and those at risk. We asked for their views and recommendations and put them together as a subject for further campaign work - both with local and national issues. You can download the report here: