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A Fresh Start
ORGANISATION: Justlife Foundation
A Fresh Start will provide a ‘move in pack’ of basic supplies for people moving into emergency accommodation in the city, increasing tenancy sustainment.
At any one time there are around 600 people in emergency accommodation in Brighton and Hove, and often they are provided with just a bed and cooker, but no bedding or cooking utensils. We think providing these very basic items will help decrease abandonment of accommodation, and improve physical and mental health.
Also, people often have problems with their benefits when they first move in to emergency accommodation and so we would also include emergency food parcels as well as more ‘luxury’ items that many people would take for granted as homely items, such as photo frames, a clock and plants. This would be along with staples such as duvets, pillows, sheets, kettles, crockery, cushions and pans.
The research from Justlife has shown many people do not have the basic things they need to stay warm and keep themselves healthy when they move into emergency accommodation. This has also been seen first-hand by workers in Brighton.
We will attempt to measure the outcomes by counting the number of packs given out and measuring the impact on those that receive a pack.