The Night Shelter project provides accommodation and a place to sleep for up to 15 homeless people during winter. Each day, a different church provides volunteers who supervise overnight and cook meals.
The Brighton and Hove Churches Night Shelter is now in its seventh year. It started with a pilot in February and March of 2012 when St Patrick’s Night Shelter closed down. In the last seven years we’ve helped to accommodate over 200 people, serving just shy of 3000 home-cooked meals.
Brighton & Hove has the second highest national rates of homelessness outside of London in relation to its size. Since 2008 homelessness has increased by 134% in England and Wales – this is a direct result of policy decisions in government and welfare reforms. According to the charity Shelter, 1 in every 69 people in Brighton & Hove is experiencing some form of homelessness. That figure is likely to actually be more, but there are many hidden homeless that we simply don’t see; e.g. those who are sofa surfing with friends and family. Brighton & Hove is currently experiencing a housing crisis with less accommodation available but more and more people in need, this has made waiting lists for social housing very long.
This year the Night Shelter is operating over an 18-week period during the coldest winter months starting on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and finishing on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The Brighton and Hove Churches Night Shelter is a joint venue of churches across Brighton and Hove – many more churches than just the host churches are contributing to the scheme with resources, volunteers and venues on different nights of the week, providing food and a place to sleep for up to 15 guests.
For more information about how to contribute or support this project, please get in touch.