The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pledged to end rough sleeping in the region by 2020. There are lots of projects happening which we’re leading on or supporting other organisations with. Some of these include:
This aims to offer a bed to anyone who is homeless in the region from November until March.
All local authorities in Greater Manchester are involved with the help of their staff and resources. Charities, the public sector, and the faith sector have helped to find more places to use as emergency night shelters, such as churches. This campaign is more than just a bed, with the aim of finding more accommodation options after March.
Our Mobile Cleaning and Caretaking teams went along to two centres in Ardwick and Crumpsall to help clear furniture and rubbish. Noel Byrne, Caretaker for Cundiff Court, expressed his delight at being involved:
“We’ve had the Caretaking team and the Mobile Cleaning team doing a grand job, and hopefully it’ll be a nice warm night for those using the accommodation. I feel really proud to be helping out.”
There are lots of ways you can help and support including donating items, money or volunteering your time.
To help with the shortage of houses available for large families in temporary accommodation, we have bought four properties in the area. This includes a 6-bedroom house in Gorton, two 4-bedroom homes in Openshaw, and a converted ex-social services house in Fallowfield.
We hope to continue to support larger homeless families and aim to buy ten properties in total.
In response to the current rough sleeping crisis, One Manchester has invested in and are leading the delivery of the “Greater Manchester Homes Partnership”. This is a partnership with 20 other housing providers and charities across Greater Manchester to find secure and settled homes for people who have spent most of their lives rough sleeping or living on the streets.
The Government enabled the programme by investing £1.8 million to work with 200 people. Due to so many early positive outcomes and more participants asking to be involved, the Government invested a further £800,000 to allow us to work with even more people. We’re currently working with 400 participants to help them begin a new life off the streets and have helped 220 people move into new homes.
The programme will also focus on health needs, accessing education or employment and reconnecting with families. There will also be intensive emotional and practical support offered to help them to manage their new homes and thrive in their new lives.