Turning Tides is the largest provider of homeless services for single people throughout West Sussex. The charity runs 21 properties in various locations across the county and has over 300 volunteers and 140 paid staff supporting its mission to end local homelessness. For over 28 years, Turning Tides has supported thousands of rough sleepers and homeless men and women throughout most of West Sussex.
Turning Tides believe that everyone has the right to a home, regardless of the difficulties they may face in their lives. The work they undertake to empower homeless and insecurely housed individuals is vital. Through a variety of specialist support services, both residential and community based, the aim for each person is that they are empowered to fulfil their potential and secure a brighter future.
They are seeing huge changes to the homelessness sector as a result of Covid-19. The number of people needing their support is rapidly increasing and local councils are reporting as much as doubling in the number of people presenting as homeless. This number is set to grow as the virus impacts all the factors that feed into homelessness – financial strain, job losses, mental health issues, relationship
Pre-Covid, the charity already supported 200 clients in residential projects across West Sussex and 245 homeless people through outreach work. Now, they are supporting as many as a further 150 homeless men and women who have been temporarily housed in emergency accommodation to protect them from the spread of the virus. Many of these arrangements are likely to end at the end of July.
You can find out more about their Emergency COVID Appeal and all about their work here