Brighton and Hove City Council announced plans for a YEAR-ROUND homeless shelter last Friday in an attempt to "end the need for rough sleeping", saying it aimed to open “as early as possible”.

A report which was presented to the Housing Committee yesterday proposes a 365 day a year night shelter and supported accommodation, receiving up to £900,000 over two years.

Labour councillor Nikki Brennan, deputy chairwoman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Housing Committee, said: “We have committed funds and put a lot of work into finding a building for a night shelter, opening 365 days a year."

But the council said it faced a “major challenge” in finding a suitable venue for the service. Officers have carried out “extensive property searches” including the council’s property list, empty properties, church halls and buildings used by charities, but work to find a venue was “still ongoing”.

The Property Quarter is looking to work with organisations to tackle rough sleeping in the city. If you would like to get involved, you can join us here.

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