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The Bill Sargent Trust is a charity that sponsors research on housing and related issues across Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton).

It has a particular focus on issues of poverty and homelessness. It seeks to influence policy with the outcomes of the research.

We are currently sponsoring research on the impact of public sector spending reductions and benefit changes for those living on low incomes and in housing need in Hampshire.

The trust was established to commemorate one of the founders of Portsmouth Housing Association, the late Reverend Bill Sargent.

The Portsmouth Housing Association is now part of First Wessex which continues to support our work on research into poverty and homelessness.
For information about Bill and his inspirational work Click Here for a short summary of his biography – a full version is available cost £5.00 contact us for details


The Bill Sargent Trust is a registered charity (no. 1042611) registered in November 1994.

The current Trustees are:

Nigel Baldwin

Kirsty Rowlinson

Rose Lindsey

Barbara O’Sullivan

Barney Jones

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The Trustees meet about three times a year at different locations across Hampshire.