Mark Whitehead 13 October 2017

The first devolved homelessness funding package awarded to Greater Manchester

The first devolved homelessness funding package awarded to Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the government's announcement of £3.8m package to end homelessness and rough sleeping in the city.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the extra funding would be used to develop new services and resources across all 10 boroughs of the region.

It will include making hub-based services open 24 hours a day across Greater Manchester to provide high quality support for homeless people and the adoption of a 'social letting agency' approach to help those struggling to find secure accommodation.

Mr Javid said the measures will enable the city's boroughs to work better together with clear systems in place to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping.

On a visit to Manchester, prime minister Theresa May announced that progress was being made on a housing deal with Greater Manchester to accelerate the delivery of new homes which she said would reaffirm the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

Mr Javid said: '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.'

Mr Burnham said: '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.'

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