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Project information

Support to People in Temporary Accommodation

To provide advice and support to individuals living in Unsupported Temporary Accommodation (UTA). People living in UTA are not considered homeless although residents do not have access to safe, secure and settled housing. They suffer with deteriorating health and lose control of their life.

January 2016 - December 2021

Charity information: Justlife Foundation

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  • Need


    People living in UTA suffer with deteriorating mental and physical health, become victims of crime, lose control of their life, drop off the bottom rung of the housing ladder or die prematurely. We've conducted research that reveals there are over 51,500 individuals living in B&Bs in England. This is in contrast to the government figures which recorded only 5,870. In Brighton and Hove, there has been a 237% increase in the number of households accommodated in temporary accommodation since 2010.


    Our project in Brighton provides a drop-in service and advice and support from our specialist project workers to individuals living in UTA to enable them to move into safe, suitable accommodation. Whilst supporting them to access suitable accommodation, we provide a range of social, learning and development opportunities to improve their overall well-being as individuals often stay in UTA for long periods of time during which their health deteriorates.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure individuals’ stays in UTA are as short, safe and healthy as possible.


    » A bi-weekly drop-in service for people living in Emergency and Temporary Accommodation.
    » One to one tailored advice and support for people living in UTA.
    » A range of workshops and activities (including an art studio); volunteering and training opportunities.

    What success will look like

    Improvements in health for individuals during their stays in UTA and helping those living in UTA to move into longer-term, safe and secure accommodation.

  • Impact


    Supporting people to move onto longer-term accommodation in the quickest possible time. However, this is challenging due to the shortage of affordable housing options within the city. We work with individuals to maintain their health whilst they are in UTA. We support the individuals we work with to address complex issues they may be facing (such as addiction; health problems) so they can live independently. We use case studies and many examples of lives that our work has transformed.


    One risk is that we don't raise enough funding to keep the service running. We are constantly looking for new funding opportunities to minimise the risk of not raising funds. A further risk is the chaotic nature of our service users (who have complex needs including mental health problems; addiction issues) which mean it can be difficult to engage with them. Our experience of working with this group of people since 2008 and excellent training for staff enables us to minimise this risk.


    Through our quarterly supporter newsletter and good use of our social media channels and website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £211,684

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      Amount Heading Description
      £129,500 staffing Project Manager, support staff to run the drop ins, provide 121 support/deliver activities programme
      £36,300 project running costs Office costs; Room hire; IT and Marketing and Communication Costs.
      £14,980 Direct costs Activity and food costs
      £2,890 travel travel expenses
      £3,500 training Training programmes
      £4,414 utilities utilities required
      £20,100 Org' Overheads/Management Contribution towards running the organisation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Fund £104,346 Guaranteed
    St Martin in the Field £12,624 Guaranteed
    Fine & Country £3,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith Foundation £16,875 Guaranteed
    Awards for All £9,915 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project in located in Brighton. There has been a 237% increase in the number of households accommodated in temporary accommodation in Brighton since 2010. Official figures show there were 1,705 households in UTA. However, these figures are an under-estimation with Shelter estimating 4,218 currently people sleep rough or live in temporary accommodation in Brighton and Hove. There is a scarcity of affordable accommodation for people living in UTA to move onto within the City.


    People living in Emergency and Unsupported Temporary Accommodation in Brighton. The people we work with who are living in temporary accommodation face multiple problems including long-term unemployment, mental and physical ill health, poor literacy, experience of the care system and substance abuse. Those living in UTA experience complex issues that are often further exacerbated by their substandard accommodation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2008, Justlife has been working with the hidden homeless in UTA in Manchester and since 2012 in Brighton, ensuring their stays are as short, safe and healthy as possible. Through our projects we provide: welfare advice support, healthcare coordination, re-housing support as well as general health and well-being support. Through our research and policy work, we campaign to improve the lives of those living in UTA across England and Wales.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gary Bishop, CEO/Founder

    He will provide strategic direction and input into the project as well as managerial support.

    Simon Gale

    Operations Manager for Brighton – overseeing the Brighton project.

    Lucy Trott

    Operations Coordinator