Leaving Hospital or Prison

Leaving Hospital
If you are being discharged from hospital but have no home to go to you must make sure the hospital staff are aware of your circumstances. If you were homeless before your admission to hospital you should make sure any agencies or support workers that were supporting you are aware that you have gone into hospital.  They will know you are safe and can work with you to maximise the opportunities to access a bedspace when you are ready to be discharged.
 
If you had accommodation before your admission but now that accommodation is now unsuitable or you cannot return as you have no right to you should contact the Housing Options team as soon as possible.  The Housing Options team will ask, with your permission, your medical team for information about how your health issues affect you and your housing need.  We will consider you under the homelessness legislation, so return to the main Housing page and click on the Homelessness button.
 
Arun District Council only has general needs housing.  If you have specific housing requirements or you require support you should ask the hospital social worker how they can help you with specialist equipment or support workers.  If general needs housing will not meet your needs you will need to seek alternative assistance from West Sussex County Council (contact details 01243 642121).  The Housing Options team can help you with this.
 
We do not have a duty to find housing for everyone who is homeless, but we will always offer advice and assistance.  The sooner you contact us, the earlier you will know exactly the help we can offer you.  
 
Leaving Prison
If you are leaving prison and have no home to go to, you should make the prison staff aware as soon as possible.  The prison staff can contact Arun District Council and provide us with the details we need to assess you.  If you are threatened with homelessness within 28 days we will consider you under the homelessness legislation, so return to the main Housing page and click on the Homelessness button.
 
If you were homeless before going to prison and you are returning to the same area you may have support workers who you can contact to advise you are returning.  In Arun, Stonepillow offer much of the support services to those who are street homeless. Stonepillow can be contacted on 01243 537934. They will do all they can to prevent you from being street homeless, however, sometimes the direct access hostels have a waiting list.
 
If you will have a probation officer upon release it is useful if they can contact us to confirm your situation.  If you are offered a hostel or to stay with friends, even temporarily on release you should consider these options, whilst we work with you. It is important to remember we do not have a duty to find housing for everyone who is homeless, but we will always offer advice and assistance.  The sooner you contact us the earlier you will know exactly the help we can offer you.
 

Duty to Refer: 1 October 2018

If you represent a partner organisation that has the Duty to Refer with effect from October 2018 (See List.docx [docx] 15KB ) and you have a client in your service who is homeless or threatened with homelessness, and who has a connection to Arun, please complete the attached Duty to refer form.docx [docx] 106KB, with the client’s consent, and email it to dutytorefer@arun.gov.uk

The form also has the contact details for other Councils within West Sussex if your client has a local connection to one of those Council areas.