BHT Housing Advice

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.

BHT Court Duty Scheme

The Court Duty Scheme provides last-minute emergency advice for people facing eviction who have an initial court possession hearing

Finding Futures

Finding Futures offers a Personal, Self Development & Motivational programme, for all ages, where people can improve their Life Skills alongside the opportunity to gain meaningful qualifications in English, Maths, ICT, Employability Skills and a wide range of vocational qualifications.

Hastings Housing Access Project

BHT’s Hastings Housing Access Project provides advice, support and training to people who need to access accommodation in the private rented sector.


 Citizens Advice 1066

The Citizens Advice service offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.

Our advice is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.

We’ll help you find a way to resolve your problems concerning;

  • Debt
  • Benefits
  • Discrimination
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Family and personal matters
  • Law
  • Consumer rights
  • And many other issues


Our specialist money advice service can help you by;

  • Explaining which debts you are liable to pay
  • Ensuring you are receiving the correct benefits
  • Working out a plan to deal with your debts
  • Explaining how to negotiate with your creditors to pay your arrears
  • Helping you to regain control of your money and your life!


We may be able to apply to local or national charities to help you clear your energy or water debts or apply for any white goods you may need.




Our mission        

  • to relieve local poverty and to improve the quality of life for people on a low income

Our aims

  • to ensure that the correct benefits and/or Tax Credits are received by anyone on a low income
  • to facilitate a return to employment through ‘back to work’ grants and in work benefits
  • to give practical assistance to homeless people                         
  • to assist people with disabilities, mental health problems and long term illness to live independently               
  • to provide older people with easy access to benefits information and a comprehensive support package                              
  • to ensure that people with dependents have adequate support and sufficient income           

Our objectives                                               

  • to provide comprehensive information on all welfare benefits and tax credits
  • to provide free impartial confidential advice by:
    • appointments             
    • home visits
    • surgeries       
    • telephone
    • email               

 Representation to represent clients at:                 

  • first tier tribunals
  • upper tribunals

HARC is a registered charity providing free advice, information and representation on all welfare benefits and tax credits, for residents of Hastings Borough, Rother District and across East Sussex. HARC also provides home visits for elderly and disabled people, advice surgeries in various locations and representation at Tribunals.

HARC advises over 14,000 clients in a typical year, raising almost £2 million in benefits. Our outreach projects alone raise thousands of pounds in unclaimed benefits for elderly people and people with disabilities.


We do this by:

  • Obtaining the correct benefit entitlement for local people
  • Increasing income for those in need
  • Contributing to local regeneration
  • Providing education and training for work
  • Obtaining uniforms, tools and fares for returnees to employment
  • Assisting elderly and disabled people to live independently
  • Providing opportunities for volunteering
  • Employing local people

HARC has two charity shops in Hastings and St Leonards where unwanted items including furniture, electrical items and TV’s will always be gratefully received. Both shops now sell a wide range of furniture at bargain prices including beds, sofas, dining sets, fridges, freezers etc.

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