Better deal for Bognor Regis homeless

IMPROVED services for those who sleep rough around Bognor Regis are set to be approved by councillors.

A six-month trial of the enhanced facilities is being recommended to Arun District Council’s housing and customer services working group next Tuesday.

The pilot will provide an enhanced version of the severe weather emergency scheme which the Stonepillow charity has run in Glenlogie with Arun’s help for two years.

The scheme will enable the Clarence Road building to be open nightly from November to April, rather than only in freezing conditions, and be used for three surgery-type daytime openings a week.

Brian Pople, Arun’s head of housing, says in a report: “The basement at Glenlogie would be open 24 hours a day to incorporate a hub ‘day centre’ and overnight accommodation, housing ten clients on longer term stays.”

The trial will show if a year-round service to help homeless people can be sustained. Costs will be split between Arun, Stonepillow and recovered from housing benefit.