Helping Homeless Women

Turning Over A New Leaf

A Chamber Member who helps offenders turn their lives around is setting up a new project to help vulnerable homeless women in Eastbourne to turn over a “New Leaf” – and they need our help!

Reformed East Sussex is setting up a new project to help vulnerable homeless women in Eastbourne.  CEO Charmaine Sewell is now crowdfunding for “New Leaf Housing for Women”, which aims to provide a comprehensive support package to help homeless women move on in their lives.

“The number of homeless people in Eastbourne has more than quadrupled in two years and while there were five street homeless women, this number is hugely unrepresentative of those who are in and out of homelessness, sofa surfing or otherwise vulnerably housed.

“Eastbourne needs this initiative to come to life.  If this project raises enough Crowd Funding it will help so many women to change their lives, and will see a decrease in drugs, alcohol misuse and offending behaviours locally.  Our employment and training initiatives will also be a great resource for these women when they are ready to move on in their lives. 

“The project will be focus on recovery to end homelessness and will move homeless women into independent and permanent housing and provide additional support and services as needed. “New Leaf plans to help women maintain tenancies and move them towards living fully independently. We hope this project will demonstrate high degrees of success for women who are chronically street homeless with multiple and complex needs.

“This project will support a small number of highly vulnerable women with complex needs to stabilise their lives and we would be really grateful for any support available from Chamber Members.”

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 With special thanks to Annemarie Field and The Herald for this article and photograph.