SIS is thrilled to have been awarded £10,000 by Sussex Community Foundation to provide additional bilingual casework support for housing related issues.
Housing has become an increasing acute issue for SIS services users. The local Social Prescribing Network has also identified this need as part of a gap analysis but current levels of funding for social prescribing are insufficient to manage this complex need and the remit for funded advocacy is focussed on Adult Social Care.
Many people are facing the risk of homelessness and eviction;
- Evictions were postponed due to the pandemic but this embargo is now lifted
- The “Everyone In” government initiative to house rough sleepers is ceasing
- There is an increase in dispersed Asylum Seekers in the city and successful applicants are given 4 weeks notice to leave their accommodation
- Access to housing advice and guidance is very limited and some people have low literacy in even in their preferred language
- Brighton and Hove City Council do not routinely use interpreters and cases are complex and people are bewildered
- The resilience of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds is low due to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on their communities
- SIS service users have additional language, culture and information barriers that erode confidence and self esteem
This 12 month grant award will enable SIS caseworkers to support people to
- access information and understand the statutory housing system and their rights
- make applications for Homelessness, HomeMove and the housing element of Universal Credit
- understand correspondence and manage HomeMove bidding
- get facilitated referrals to other specialist support services including for mental health