Save young people's housing services in West Sussex

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West Sussex County Council has proposed terminating the entire Housing Related Support budget in the County from April 2019. 

YMCA DownsLink Group currently provide specialist housing and support services to 206 young people across West Sussex, and withdrawing funding will decimate the supported housing sector in the County. This would leave vulnerable people at risk of homelessness, higher unemployment and increased A&E admissions. 

In recent years, the proportion of young people we support with multiple or complex needs has increased. Should the cuts go through, these vulnerable people are likely to be at increased risk as they are targeted and exposed to increased criminality, exploitation, abuse and gang activity.

West Sussex County Council are due to make a decision about these proposals on 27 September 2018, so we need to act now and show that service providers, local residents and young people all stand together against these deplorable cuts. 

This petition demands that West Sussex County Council rejects the proposed cuts to Housing Related Support, which will cause untold misery for the most marginalised members of our society, and instead maintains this vital support for vulnerable young people. 

Chas Walker, CEO of YMCA DownsLink Group