Communities secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed almost £3.8m funding to develop a new city region-wide approach to preventing homelessness and reducing rough sleeping.
This will include making hub-based services open 24 hours a day across Greater Manchester, to provide high quality support for people when they need it the most, and the adoption of a social letting agency approach across Greater Manchester to help those struggling to find secure accommodation.
These measures will enable the 10 boroughs of Great Manchester to work better together with clear systems in place to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping from happening in the first place.
Javid said: “One person living on the street or without a home to call their own is too many. This package supports this government’s aims to transform the way we prevent homelessness and rough sleeping.
“Greater Manchester has always been at the forefront of devolution and this is a landmark moment – the first devolved homelessness package.
“I’m confident that the proposed plan will reach the needs of the city’s most vulnerable people and set a precedent for what other ambitious city regions can do.”
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “We very much welcome this announcement by the government.
“This extra help is well-timed, much-needed and good news for Greater Manchester. It is a recognition of the innovative work underway here to help people sleeping rough, bringing together our public, private and voluntary sectors in a ground-breaking partnership.
“This support from the government will help us go further and faster in achieving our goal of ending rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020.”
In addition to 24-hour hub services and a social letting agency, the package will:
- develop a shared ICTand database system – this will help to share data across the 10 local authorities so they can better able respond to homelessness and rough sleeping crises
- rollout the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network – this will support practitioners in the sector, connecting the many homelessness organisations across Greater Manchester
- build on the devolution agreement around health – this includes offering tailored health services for homeless people.
Katie Teasdale, National External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation, said: “It is great to see the Government’s and the Greater Manchester combined authority’s renewed commitment to tackling homelessness.
“Many housing associations are already doing vital work on the front line. They will continue to play a key role in delivering the combined authority’s plan to end rough sleeping.”