A £7.6m Housing First scheme has been fully rolled out across Greater Manchester.
The initiative, led by Great Places Housing Group, includes a consortium of Riverside, Regenda Homes, Jigsaw Homes Group, Bond Board, Stockport Homes Group and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust.
Building on the existing Social Impact Bond – which has so far secured independent living spaces for 223 of the city-region’s previously most entrenched rough sleepers – the scheme is intended to help deliver accommodation to more than 400 people previously sleeping rough, or at risk of homelessness, across all 10 local authority areas of Greater Manchester.
The programme was first sent live in Manchester, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside, but is now active in Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Salford, Trafford and Wigan.
Launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, the three-year programme is overseen by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and is endorsed by the Greater Manchester Housing Providers.
“I am excited by Great Places and partners and what they are now doing with GMHF.
“We have asked for the freedom to do things differently and this is about completely turning things around,” said Burnham.
“This is real change in action.
If Greater Manchester stands for anything it is catching people when they fall, picking them up and supporting them to help get them back to where they want to be,” he said.
Emily Cole GMHF Programme Lead said the roll out represented a significant landmark for the project.
“This approach is totally unique from the methods tried in the past and puts the emphasis on the needs of the person rather than following a particular process.
“We are delivering a Housing First pilot on a scale never seen in this country before and we aim to change the lives of the people and families we work with to help eradicate homelessness in Greater Manchester and help people achieve their aspiration – it is a really exciting time for all partners,” she said.
Andy Carberry, Director of Care and Support at Regenda Homes, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of the Greater Manchester Housing First consortium, which brings together significant experience and expertise to help tackle homelessness and support people off the streets.”