Support with Housing and Homelessness

Brighton Housing Trust

BHT Hastings Advice’s specialist housing advice team are able to provide free and confidential advice to people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home, suffering harassment by their landlord or living with serious disrepair.


Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC)

HARC provides free advice, information and representation on all  welfare benefits and tax credits, for residents of Hastings Borough and Rother District. HARC also provides home visits for elderly and disabled people and advice surgeries in various locations.


Home Works East

Home Works is a free and confidential housing support service.

Home Works is for anyone aged 16 to 64 (single people, couples and families) who is homeless or could be at risk of losing their home and needs support to live independently.


Links Project

The Links Project is a multi-agency support and advice project for asylum seekers, refugees and new migrant communities living in Hastings and St Leonards. It runs a drop in on Wednesday each week from 10.30am - 4pm at Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards. We provide access to support and advice in a range of areas that include healthcare, immigration advice and welfare benefits that is provided by a number of different local agencies and services. We also run a number of time limited projects such as gardening, sewing and English classes.


Seaview Project

We’re an open access wellbeing centre offering help and inspiration for people living on society’s margins.



STEPS to stay independent’ is a free and confidential housing support service.

They can visit you at home, and help you work out what support you personally need to keep living independently, regardless of what kind of accommodation you live in.

They can support you to:

  • liaise with your landlord or mortgage company
  • understand your tenancy or mortgage arrangement
  • find more suitable accommodation
  • claim any welfare benefits you are entitled to
  • get specialist debt advice
  • set up or change utility suppliers
  • resolve disputes or other issues with your neighbours
  • find out about local groups or activities in your area
  • take part in healthy living activities
  • make sure your home is safe.


St.John Ambulance Homeless Service

The Hastings Homeless Service, established in 2003, runs 5 sessions a week staffed by volunteers and healthcare professionals, including nurses.

Seaview Project, Hatherley Road,
St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6LB
Nurse: Mon / Tues / Thurs / Fri: 12pm - 2pm

Podiatrist (foot care): Thursdays: 12pm - 2pm

Hope Kitchen, Wellington Square Church,
Wellington Square, Hastings TN34 1PN
Nurse: Saturdays 7:30pm - 9pm


Surviving Christmas

  • Surviving Christmas was started in 1985.
  • It is a local charity supporting vulnerable people and families in the Hastings and Rother area
  • In addition to financial donations, non-perishable food, clothing, toiletries and small gifts are needed at Christmas.
  • Volunteers are required at Christmas and to help fundraise during the year.

Walden Pond Housing Co-operative Ltd

Walden Pond aims to provide its members with living, working and campaigning space, to nurture a creative spirit of collaboration and sharing, and to promote engagement with wider society.

In January 2001, Walden Pond bought a large Victorian house in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, and we settled into a much more stable and productive lifestyle! In 2002, the co-op bought a nearby flat to house more members.

2006 saw the completion of council –funded renovation work on our flat. Areas in which our members are active include anti-war activism, anti-roads campaigning, running a community centre, political art, Peace News Summer Camp, and activist training. We do not generally seek new members but we will gladly provide advice and support for anyone interested in learning about co-ops and thinking of setting up their own.