Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham joined housing providers, councils, health agencies and charities this week to discuss the region’s 10-year homelessness strategy.
Around 60 experts attended the event in Salford which was hosted by housing association New Charter Group as part of Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP).
Teams worked together to address some of the challenges facing homelessness and rough sleeping across the region’s ten boroughs with discussions now being used to help shape Andy Burnham’s homeless strategy for Greater Manchester.
The Mayor’s homelessness leads MP Ivan Lewis and Manchester Councillor Beth Knowles also attended the event along with the Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett.
Around 1770 households across Greater Manchester are currently in temporary accommodation and up to 400 people in the region are thought to be rough sleeping.
“Too many people in Greater Manchester don’t have basic security in their lives and this event has helped to spark some great conversations around what we can do to help reduce homelessness and rough sleeping across the city centre and its neighbouring boroughs.
“We need to offer more support to a whole range of people and we must raise standards across the private rented sector while looking at proposals for town centres that will help to open up more opportunities for housing.”
Tony Powell, New Charter Group’s deputy chief executive added:
“We’re working with other landlords who are part of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers group to see how we can bring different services together to help tackle homelessness in our communities.
“Some of the key points to look at are how we can use our housing stock differently while allowing people second chances and extra support to sustain tenancies and get their lives back on track.”