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Advice if you are homeless

Homelessness can often be avoided if you act quickly and get the right help.

You do not have to be living on the street to be homeless. You may be legally classed as homeless if you:

  • live in insecure conditions, such as staying with friends and family (sofa surfing)
  • live in inadequate or unfit housing
  • have a place to sleep but it’s temporary, such as a hostel or an institution

Local help

Floating housing support service (formerly STEPS and Home Works)

BHT Sussex can provide support if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, see:

Specialist housing advice service - BHT Sussex

This service is for residents on a low income who require legal advice for a housing issue. It provides free, confidential advice on homelessness, possession action, tenancy rights, disrepair and more.

Housing offices

You can also contact your district or borough council for help with homelessness:

Help for people sleeping rough

You can contact your district or borough council if you have concerns about rough sleepers:

General advice