Poverty and homelessness is continuing to rise across the country, with Brighton and Hove as a one of the areas most affected.
103,000 young people in the UK are currently homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
Last year over a thousand young people approached Brighton and Hove council for help with housing problems. This figure has increased by 40% in the last two years.
Rough sleeping has also increased in the city by 929% since 2010.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only day centre in Brighton and Hove for 16-25 year olds who are homeless or insecurely housed. The charity helps vulnerable young people move from crisis to independence and control over their lives.
I went to the Clock Tower Sanctuary and spoke to a young man who uses the service and has found it helpful. He is now living in temporary accommodation. He said,
“I’ve been stuck in my emergency accommodation for about six months and it’s shocking. There’s mould on my walls, bars on my windows and I’m on camera 24/7.”
He also said that he suffered from many mental health issues which were made worse by feeling that he was trapped in his gloomy flat. Having spoken to him today it’s become clear how easy it is for people to become homelessness and how hard it is to break the downwards spiral.