The Vicar’s Relief Fund aims to support people who are at risk of being made homeless, are homeless or vulnerable, or have experience of being homeless and are trying to establish or maintain a tenancy.
They do not provide grants directly to individuals. They accept applications from Support Workers employed by agencies such as local authority social services, housing associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and other statutory and voluntary organisations.
What they do
Their primary aim is to support people who are at risk of being made homeless, are homeless or vulnerable, or have experience of being homeless and are trying to establish or maintain a new tenancy. Where arrears have happened that may put someone at risk of becoming homeless, a grant from the fund can remove the threat of eviction. Where someone who is in temporary accommodation needs help putting together a deposit for a more permanent home, a grant can help that happen. They also makes grants for items such as beds and other household items such as cookers and fridges.
The average grant is around £200, but we recognise that people who are in need are in need now, so perhaps even more important than the money is the speed with which we are able to respond: on average over the past 12 months, they have been able to make grants within 2 days of receiving a request. They hope that the making of a small grant quickly will have a positive impact and help alleviate distress or avert a crisis.
Making an application
Applications are only accepted from professional support workers and CAB advisors on behalf of their service users.
Brighton and Hove Citizens Advice Bureaux – Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road,
Hove, East Sussex. BN3 3BQ
New number is 0300 330 9033.
If you are calling from a mobile phone you will be asked to enter a local landline number. If you enter 01273 123456 at this point, you’ll be put through to them if they are available.