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Brighton Housing Trust

BHT is a charity and a registered housing association working in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Hastings and other parts of Sussex.

BHT’s Mission is to combat homelessness, create opportunities, and promote change and aims to achieve this Mission through a network of interlinked projects. By providing direct, practical services combined with a commitment to challenge the causes of poverty and inequality, we hope to achieve a supportive structure which men and women can use in a variety of ways to improve the quality of their lives.

Brighton and Hove Advice Services:

Our Advice Services in Brighton and Hove provide legal advice on housing, asylum, and related social welfare matters. The service consists of the following:

  • A Housing Legal Advice Team – currently consisting of a Team Leader who is a qualified solicitor, a housing solicitor, a senior housing adviser, two housing advisers, and a reception/triage worker.
  • The Housing Team’s main contracts are with the Legal Aid Agency and Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver advice, and include a Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. The project is a partner in the Brighton Moneyworks project to provide housing relate debt advice via its webcam service.
  • An Asylum and Immigration Legal Advice Team – currently consisting of a Team Leader who is a qualified solicitor, a housing solicitor, a senior adviser and two advisers.
  • The Asylum and Immigration Team has contracts with the Legal Aid Agency to deliver advice on asylum.
  • The two teams are supported by two legal secretaries.

East Sussex Advice Services:

BHT’s East Sussex Advice Services are based in offices in Eastbourne and Hastings.

Eastbourne Advice:

The service consists of:

  • A Housing Advice Team – currently 2fte housing advisers and a housing solicitor who works across the Eastbourne and the Hastings offices (funded by the Legal Aid Agency and Eastbourne Borough Council).
  • East Sussex Welfare Benefits Project –4fte welfare benefit advisers (funded by the NHS/Clinical Commissioning Groups).
  • Macmillan East Sussex Welfare Benefit Service – 2fte and 0.5fte administrator (funded by Macmillan and in partnership with Money Advice Plus).
  • The Housing Access Project – 2fte funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery Fund and Eastbourne Borough Council.

Hastings Advice:

The service consists of:

  • A Housing Advice Team – 1.8fte housing advisers and a manager (funded by the Legal Aid Agency and Hastings Borough Council).
  • Housing Access Project – 1.6fte (funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery Fund).

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