Work has now begun to redevelop our existing temporary accommodation to provide an additional 17 flats for people who are homeless. Once completed, new flats will complement the existing accommodation managed by our accommodation team.

Why is this project needed?

We are committed to reducing and relieving homelessness in the district, and this is one of a number of initiatives we have introduced to tackle the issue.

At what stage is the project and what are the next steps?

We have selected construction company, W.Stirland Ltd, to make this project a reality and work has now started.

Shaun Stirland, Managing Director of W.Stirland Ltd, says, "We couldn't be more delighted to be working with the council on this existing project. As a family owned business, based locally in Birdham within the Chichester District, we are delighted to have been appointed to undertake the development at Freeland Close. Being part of the delivery of new short-stay accommodation for residents who really need it makes the project all the more important to us."

What should I do if am homeless or facing homelessness?

If you are homeless, or threated with homelessness, please contact our housing advice team through our housing advice form  and a housing adviser will be in contact with you as soon as possible or within two working days.

You can find out more information about homelessness on our help with homelessness page.

In what other ways is the council supporting rough sleepers?

The council has dedicated outreach workers who provide much-needed support and guidance to help rough sleepers rebuild their lives.

At the end of last year, we secured a £60,000 Government grant towards supporting rough sleepers in our district during the continuing pandemic. Of this funding, £32,000 will be used towards meeting the on-going costs of providing temporary accommodation to keep rough sleepers in accommodation during the pandemic, and £28,000 will go to local homeless charity, Stonepillow, to extend their Housing First team. This is a project that provides support to the most vulnerable rough sleepers, by enabling them to set up a new home for life and access the wider services that they need. We have also successfully applied for a larger grant amounting to £400,000, which has gone to Stonepillow to expand their accommodation.

We're lucky to have such incredible homelessness charities in our area, particularly during the current crisis, and we work closely with them to support those who are rough sleeping.

How can I keep up to date about this project?

We will be updating people on the progress of this project on this page, in our residents' magazine Initiatives, on our social media channels and in our email newsletter.  Sign up to news alerts