A unique charity set up to tackle homelessness came of age today. Emmaus, at Portslade in Sussex, is celebrating 18 years of helping people sleeping rough to get their lives back on track. The project provides somewhere to stay in return for work ..... a combination which has proved so successful that branches have opened across the country, including Kent. Malcolm Shaw reports.
He has been homeless himself and now he's going out of his way to help others living on the streets. Paul Howard from Kings Worthy in Hampshire is walking three thousand miles to raise money for charity. The journey is likely to take eight months to complete and Paul set off this morning from Brighton. Malcolm Shaw reports.
The Borough of Poole is urging anyone concerned about people sleeping rough to contact the national initiative Streetlink.
The council says: "Please call Streetlink on 0300 5000 914. This ensures that the council can offer services to people who might need them.
"As well as the Streetlink hotline number, people can also download the smartphone app or use the ‘Report It’ function on boroughofpoole.com to report their concerns for a rough sleeper.
"Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough can be dangerous and damaging to health. The longer someone sleeps rough, the greater the risk that they will become trapped on the streets and vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime, developing drug or alcohol problems, or experiencing problems with their health."
Muslims around the country are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan - where for one month each year - they go without food and water from dawn until dusk.
And while they've not been eating - many volunteers from the Muslim community have spent their time cooking a hot meal for the homeless. Asana Greenstreet reports.
The cold weather has arrived - and sadly hundreds of people will be sleeping on the streets this winter. Now two businesswomen from Sussex have come up with an idea to help those without a home keep warm.
Gaynor Williams and Jenny Barrett have launched a campaign to help the homeless. They talk to Nashreen Issa.
Neighbours Jenny Barrett and Gaynor Williams have launched a pop-up campaign to help the homeless this Christmas. The two women from Hove have been asking Sussex residents to dig out their unused winter coats and jackets to help keep people living on the streets a little bit warmer this winter.
The super-quick campaign called Share the Warmth (Brighton and Hove Coat Collection) aims to capture Christmas goodwill for the cause and already has the support of the Big Beach Cafe and other local business people.
Gaynor, a freelance marketing consultant, said: 'We decided we'd need to get cracking as soon as possible and we've contacted as many people as we can. We've had lots of support already. Now we need people to look in their wardrobes and donate as many coats as they can.'
Coats, jackets and warm clothing can be dropped off at collections points in Brighton and Hove: Portslade Learning Centre, Big Beach Cafe, Drury Cafe, Tree of Life Centre, Walk in Wardrobe, Gelato Gusto, Honeycomb Cakes, Eaton Place Surgery and Langtons Hair and Beauty.
There will also be a collection at Brighton Railway Station on 19 December and at the Amex Stadium on 21 December.
Earlier this month, ITV News revealed that Brighton and Hove's homelessness problem had risen by a shocking 35 per cent in two years.
Today a significant step was taken to address the problem as more than 30 homeless people began moving into a development made out of old shipping containers which have been converted in to studio flats.
Charlotte Wilkins speaks to Richard, who's just moved in; Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust and Councillor Bill Randall, who's Chair of Housing at Brighton and Hove City Council.
A family from Kent say they face being made homeless for Christmas after the local council changed its housing rules. Marc Lawrence, his wife and 4 children were found a home by Thanet Council a year ago. But now the landlord wants to evict them and the council says they can't re-home them.
David Johns explains.
The first container homes for homeless people in Brighton are being put in place today.
The converted containers will provide temporary homes for 36 men and women with a history of homelessness.
The first three containers will arrive at 7am, 8am and 9am, followed by a further 3 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The remaining 30 containers will arrive by the end of the week.
The first resident will be able to move in in 5 weeks time.
The initiative has been developed by Brighton Housing Trust and Developers QED Estates Ltd as a means to deal with a housing shortage in Brighton and Hove.
We speak to Katharine Sacks-Jones from the charity Crisis about why affluent areas in our region are seeing a big rise in homelessness.