New Homelessness Initiative

A new initiative which offers mediation to help reduce the risk of homelessness has been launched across Brighton and Hove.

Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS) and the Youth Advice Centre (YMCA-YAC) have been awarded funding to work with young people and adults who are at risk of becoming homeless because of  friends or family eviction.

Thirty-eight per cent of homelessness in the city is due to conflict in the home.  Brighton YAC already offers mediation to young people (aged 14-25) and their families and this funding has enabled them to extend their service.  BHIMS, who have been providing conflict resolution to neighbourhoods for over 20 years, has re-trained 16 mediators who are ready to offer a specialised mediation service to anyone over the age of 25 at risk of eviction because of conflict.

The grant is part of a major initiative by Brighton and Hove City Council to introduce a range of schemes directed at reducing homelessness.

Mark Green, Service Manager at BHIMS said: “We are delighted to be part of this initiative and to be working alongside YAC helping one of the most vulnerable groups in our community.  Household breakdown is one of the main reasons why people become homeless. Mediation can make a real difference.”

To talk to someone in confidence please ring YAC (aged 14 o 25) on 01273 624432.  Anyone over the age of 25 should contact BHIMS on 01273 700812.