Winter survival kits were purchased last week by the Four Streets Project to help those in need in the city.
Funded by Chichester City Council, the winter kits contained new heavy duty sleeping bags, rucksacks, thick socks, hats, torches and gloves.
A discretionary grant of £2,000 was given by the council to Four Streets Project to help them purchase sleeping bags, all-weather roll mats, male/female underwear and socks, torches, waterproof jackets and waterproof boots.
The council works in partnership with the Four Streets Project in facilitating the Community Coat Rack under the Portico and charity founder Donna Ockenden was given a civic award by the council to recognise her valuable work.
The council considers many applications from local not for profit making organisations annually under the discretionary grants scheme.
Donna said: “Four Streets volunteers have been delighted to distribute winter survival kits to our homeless community.
“This has been made possible by the generosity of the city council and the Four Streets Project are truly grateful to them.
“As best, we can hope to support our homeless people through the wet and cold weather with, among other things, a winter weight sleeping bag and waterproof cover, a large waterproof rucksack, a thermal hat, gloves and socks, a torch and a heatproof lidded mug.
“The initiative has been praised by Shelter, the national homeless charity, who have described the initiative as ‘brilliant work’ and said, ‘This is great to see’.”