People cannot achieve their goals without having somewhere to live. Since 1996, Seaview has been providing a dedicated housing support team to help those who are homeless access accommodation. Working with rough sleepers and people with a history of failed tenancies, we have been helping individuals navigate the pathway to achieving a home ensuring appropriate placement is aligned with support needs. We recognize our clients often have health and social care needs and support people to access specialist services alongside.
Seaview’s housing services start on the street, providing 5am early morning outreach sessions, covering Hastings, St Leonard’s and Rother. The Rough Sleeper Outreach Team worked through all of the COVID-19 lockdowns, and was the main source of contact with rough sleepers and Hastings Borough Council to facilitate temporary accommodation (TA) for many people living on the streets.
Our outreach teams help people facilitate permanent accommodation and once placed, our tenancy support teams help people move in, set up their homes, and provide ongoing tenancy support. We recognize many of our clients struggle to cope with the responsibility of having their own home through a lack of living skills and complex and addictive behaviour. We take a positive approach and offer practical support so clients are given the chance to succeed.
Established since 2010, our teams go out in the early morning in Hastings, St Leonards and Rother, verifying rough sleepers on the street, checking on their welfare and supporting to access accommodation. Our aim is to help everyone who wants to do so, leave the street.
To ensure all Seaview’s clients can access intensive Housing Support, we operate SASS (Seaview Accommodation Support Service). Seaview clients who have a history of rough sleeping and failed tenancies can self-refer for help with maintaining their tenancy. We help access grants for white goods and other essential items, support with budgeting as well as providing intensive home support.
Seaview’s range of support services helps marginalised people with addiction problems, mental health issues, ex-and at-risk offenders and rough sleepers achieve personal growth and fulfilment.