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Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard - LGBTQ+ Nightshelter

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

LGBTQ+ people aged 18+ who are sofa surfing/escaping domestic, discriminatory, or hate violence/first time street homeless/already in homelessness support services/insecurely or unsafely housed. Low risk for substance abuse/violence/self-harm and suicide. Lower support needs for mental health/physical/learning disability (e.g. not those who would require a carer with them). Either engaging with services already or wish to engage in services if required No dependents who will also need to be in emergency accommodation. We welcome referrals of LGBTQ+ people with no recourse to public funds.



Minimum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Service does not do self-referrals and will need a full risk assessment in order to consider your application. If you are not being referred by another service or organisation, please contact Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard for advice on this.

Referral procedure

We can provide between 1 to 14 nights of accommodation and the service is by referral only. We will need a referral and a full risk assessment in order to consider your application. For the safety of our guests, we can’t take direct referrals at our shelter door. If an individual is not already using a service that can refer them we recommend contacting misa.akane@switchboard.org.uk in order to make an appointment with Sophie the housing advice and advocacy worker.

Length of stay

Minimum stay

1 Night

Maximum stay

≤ 1 Month

Support and accommodation

Support offered

On-site access to LGBTQ housing advocates, domestic violence workers, and many other targeted support services for LGBTQ people.

Total spaces



The shelter will provide comfortable beds, communal spaces, hot meals and showering facilities.