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Greater Manchester Homes Partnership Voted Number One in the North for Tackling Homelessness

L-R - James Barret, Shelter, Sarah Cook, Project Manager, Victoria Busby, Great Places Housing Group and Keely Dalfen, The Brick.

The Greater Manchester Homes Partnership (GM Homes Partnership) has been voted number one in the North for tackling homelessness, at the 2019 Northern Housing Awards held in Manchester.

The GM Homes Partnership had been shortlisted back in March in the Best Initiative for Tackling Homelessness category, and at the awards, they picked up first prize at the Emirates Old Trafford ceremony.

The programme had been nominated for the success of the GM Homes Partnership’s Social Impact Bond (SIB).

Set up in December 2017 the SIB is a government funded three-year programme set up to prevent and relieve homelessness in Greater Manchester.

It was launched by Housing Providers One Manchester and Trafford Housing Trust, and Bridges Fund Management, and delivered by Shelter, The Brick and Great Places Housing Group. It is also supported by over 20 specialist housing providers, which form the Greater Manchester Housing Providers.

It has proved a great success, surpassing all targets set and the partnership has now been given a further £829,000 to continue the great work the SIB has done.

The GM Homes Partnership has been commissioned on a payment-by-results basis by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, via the Government’s Life Chances Fund. So the providers only receive payments if they succeed in delivering better outcomes for rough sleepers.

The results have been outstanding. Working with 400 people, 305 have moved into accommodation to date, with 236 securing long term housing. Here are some of the stand out results:

· 44 people have sustained a home for 12 months

· 23 have entered employment or education or volunteered

· 54 and 57 people, respectively, have sustained treatment programmes for drugs and alcohol and mental health issues.

Sarah Cook, Project Manager for the SIB, said: “We are delighted that the programme has been recognised in this way. The success of the initiative is completely down to the people involved: the participants; delivery partners; our housing partners and the shared ambition to do something different in collaboration.”

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