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Brighton homeless number falls but situation 'still in crisis'

Brighton Council says the homeless situation in the city is still in crisis but that its policies 'are working'.

Latest figures reveal the number of rough sleepers has fallen by more than half. Last year, an estimated 178 people were found homeless on the streets. Two weeks ago the number counted was 64.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Cllr Clare Moonan from Brighton and Hove City Council, Jim Deans of Sussex Homeless Support, and Andy Winter of Brighton Housing Trust.

One church in Brighton is setting up a severe weather shelter for those who need help during bitter temperatures

While the number of rough sleepers has gone down, the number of homeless coming onto the streets continues at a rate of around 15 a week.

A lack of affordable accommodation has been seen as the major reason.

One charity has said they it believes the real number of homeless people in Brighton could be higher.

"There was a point where we didn't have rough sleepers who didn't actually choose to be rough sleepers but now you've got families, you've got women, you've got people escaping from abuse and domestic violence and there is nowhere for them to go because the adult social care has been slaughtered, not cut, slaughtered. Now all this constant build up makes it worse and worse and worse."

– Jim Deans, Sussex Homeless Support

"The earlier you can intervene the better - the more we can stop people going on the streets. We know that it's much harder to get them off, so this year we're running a project where people new to rough sleeping are being sent to that project with the aim of not getting them entrenched and getting them back into accommodation as soon as possible."

– Andy Winter, Brighton Housing Trust