Housing & Homelessness

Housing providers work within communities and see first-hand the effects of poverty and deprivation in some of the region’s poorest areas so when the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission (GMPC) made the call to action to help tackle poverty housing were quick to step up.

Collectively Greater Manchester Housing Providers have signed up to a set of pledges that set out what we are doing and what we intend to do against some of the GMPC recommendations. We have identified five priority areas where we can make a real difference for our customers and our communities.

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The poverty issue 23

These are just snippets – there’s much more going on and the full articles are available here Motiv8 is a GM programme to help unemployed people aged 25 and over, supporting some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people overcome a wide variety of complex issues and barriers to improve their lives and chances of

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Real Change Rochdale

New campaign to tackle homelessness launches in Rochdale Borough by the Sanctuary Trust Earlier this month, Sanctuary Trust launched a new campaign in Rochdale giving people the chance to donate towards a fund which buys practical items for people who are homeless – things like a deposit for a home, enrolment on a training course

A bed every night article Andy Burnham for GM Poverty Action

A Bed Every Night

Tackling homelessness this winter in Greater Manchester – A Bed Every Night by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester I have always been clear that trying to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness should be something that any Mayor of Greater Manchester should be committed to. In the 18 months since I was elected this has

Enabling Homes

Article by Katie Wightman of Enabling Homes Everyone has a basic human right to a safe, secure and stable home environment, yet the UK government has failed to ensure the right to adequate housing. With an acute shortage of housing, particularly social and affordable housing, lack of housing security, overcrowding, evictions and homelessness, Enabling Homes

With one voice summit and festival article for GM Poverty Action

Right time, right place

With One Voice Director Matt Peacock explains why Manchester is the perfect place to host the inaugural International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival I always arrive into Manchester the same way, leaving Piccadilly Station and walking down into the heart of the city past high street shops, criss-crossing tram lines, to the open space

Love for the Street at the Whitworth for GM Poverty Action

Love for the Streets

Love for the Streets at the Whitworth Love for the Streets is a grassroots campaign led by young people who aim to mobilise students to tackle issues of homelessness in innovative ways. Mainstream narratives of homelessness are generally negative and perpetuate unfair stereotypes, but Love for the Streets provides an alternative perspective to address these

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Precarious lives

Precarious Lives: Exploring lived experiences of the private rented sector in Salford In February 2017, Salford City Partnership launched its new anti-poverty strategy: No One Left Behind: Tackling Poverty in Salford. The University of Salford has been supporting Salford City Council to establish the Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce. The Taskforce, which is Chaired by Salford City

Love for the Streets article for GM Poverty Action

Love for the Streets

University of Manchester’s Big Change Society – a personal journey and Love for the Streets By Lily Fothergill Walking around the streets of central Manchester over the last five years, it has been impossible to not notice the ever-growing number of people sleeping on the streets. Equally distressing is the amount of people walking past,

Red door article for GM Poverty Action

Red Door

Red Door and homelessness in Bury Homelessness is big news in Greater Manchester at the moment, thanks mainly to the new Mayor of the region Andy Burnham. Recent announcements of measures to help, alongside the new Homelessness Fund are very welcome. But what is the reality of homelessness across Greater Manchester away from the bright

Wrap up Manchester for GM Poverty Action

Wrap up

Do something warm this winter: Wrap Up Manchester Donations accepted November 13th – 24th, 2017 Do you have an old winter coat you no longer wear that’s taking up space in your wardrobe? Well, now’s your chance to hand it over to someone who really needs it. That’s what Wrap Up Manchester is all about.

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Community Reporters

Reach out to the Community, Cracking Good Food and Macc are looking for Community Reporters to help Manchester’s homeless tell their stories. If you work with an organization that helps those most in need, why not join the FREE training coming up from the September 25th, 2017, to become that reporter. Homelessness and food poverty

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GMHP Anti-Poverty Newsletter

Greater Manchester Housing Providers have been producing their quarterly newsletter for four years now. The idea stemmed from our willingness to work together and respond to the GM Poverty Commission recommendations by adopting our first set of Anti-Poverty Pledges. We quickly realised that there was such diversity in what each of us were doing to

Unsupported temporary accommodation article for GM Poverty Action

Unsupported Temporary Accommodation

Co-producing solutions to Manchester’s Unsupported Temporary Accommodation One of the main challenges of hidden homelessness is that because it is unseen, it is often ignored. In May last year, Manchester’s Homelessness Charter was launched and one of its uniquely defining features was the inclusion of those who were or had experienced homelessness in its development.

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Substance Misuse & Homelessness

Lifeline Project Report on Substance Misuse and Homelessness in Greater Manchester People who are homeless and misusing drugs, alcohol or both are amongst the most vulnerable within our society. Lifeline’s Data Analysis Unit has published a series of infographics and reports on health, inequality, and homelessness in Greater Manchester, the latest of which focuses on

Lifeline Project

For the past 18 months Lifeline Project have created and circulated a series of infographics on a range of subjects including Greater Manchester, devolution, health and social care integration, and Scotland. We have recently focused our attention on an issue that is affected by all of these: homelessness. A report on homelessness in Greater Manchester

Manchester Homelessness Partnerhsip logo on article for GM Poverty Action

Homelessness Reduction Bill

How can we all help to reduce homelessness?  The Homelessness Reduction Bill Supported by the cross-party members of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, the Homelessness Reduction Bill is set to be debated in Parliament on October 28th. Earlier this year The Booth Centre met with MP Bob Blackman, who is the Bill’s sponsor, when he

Northern Housing Consortium article for GMPA

Northern Housing Consortium

The Northern Housing Consortium represents the views of housing organisations in the North of England. We are a membership organisation made up of local authorities, ALMOS, Local Stock Voluntary Transfers and registered providers associations that provide social housing for tenants. The NHC brings our members together to share ideas, and to represent their interests and

Manchester Homelessness Partnerhsip logo on article for GM Poverty Action

Homelessness Charter launch

Launch of the Manchester Homelessness Charter On Monday 9th May, Manchester came together to deliver a new Charter to tackle the crisis of homelessness in the city. Developed by groups working alongside people affected by homelessness, with their voices at its core, the Homelessness Charter is the city’s new approach to tackling homelessness. The Charter

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Mustard Tree

For over 20 years Mustard Tree has been a Greater Manchester based charity committed to providing life support for the homeless and marginalised. We support communities where ‘poverty and disadvantage remain a key challenge’ and where ‘levels of unemployment and economic inactivity are amongst the highest nationally’ (Manchester Poverty Commission, 2013). For those facing homelessness

Booth Centre logo for GMPA article

Booth Centre

Amanda Croome founded the Booth Centre in Manchester in 1995 on the principles that everyone should have a safe place to call home, positive relationships and a purpose in life. Homeless people are no different and this is what the Booth Centre aims to help homeless people achieve. Greater Manchester is facing very challenging times

Pollyanna Steiner of Generation Rent write up for GMPA

Housing & Devolution

Housing and Devolution – Homes are the heart of social inclusion. Housing inequality is at the root of all inequality, as the primary driver of societal poverty. As a national average a private renter can expect to part with 50% of their monthly salary to cover their monthly rent, the correlation of such unsustainable costs coincide

GM Housing Providers anti-poverty pledges write up for GMPA

Anti-Poverty Pledges

25 Greater Manchester housing providers have signed up to pledges which are a direct response to the recommendations made by the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission. They include actions around digital and financial inclusion, fuel and food poverty and the Living Wage. The pledge document can be found here. In short the pledges are: Pledge 1 –

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelters beds photo for write up for GMPA

Winter Night Shelters

“My partner became impossible and the relationship was abusive, I just packed my bags and flew home”, says Rupert, an ex pat of UK birth who had lived his whole life in Kenya. He arrived at Manchester airport, with no money or resources. Then there’s Iain from Wigan, whose relationship broke down with his partner: he’s a

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