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Supported Housing Month in Brighton & Hove

Monday (15th November) marked the beginning of South East Supported Housing Month. I was very happy to offer my support to this initiative last year and am delighted to be able to do so again this year.

A whole range of events are taking place across the City to raise awareness of the value that supported housing brings to communities and the contribution it makes to some of our key priorities as a Council – housing, social care, health, crime, teenage pregnancy, homelessness and alcohol and substance misuse.

The Supporting People programme is the Council’s key source of funding for supporting vulnerable people to stay safe and secure in their homes. In Brighton & Hove it funds 39 local organisations to support about 5,000 vulnerable people across the whole City.

Services range from those that work with young people needing support to develop their independence, through to helping older people to stay healthy and remain in their own homes. There are also Supporting People services for people with mental health or substance misuse support needs – or who are homeless or sleeping rough.

I was pleased to see in the Government’s recent Comprehensive Spending Review that Supporting People funding has been largely protected and will total £6.5 billion nationally over the next 4 years.

Money that we spend on preventative services such as Supporting People is very much ‘spend to save’. Since Supporting People was launched in 2003, we estimate that it has saved tax payers up to £30 million a year by preventing hospital visits, residential care costs and homelessness. Put another way, every pound we have spent has saved £3.24 on other public services.

If you are interested in finding out more about the services the Council offers for vulnerable people please contact our officers – supportingpeople@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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