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Greater Manchester Homelessness Prevention Strategy

Greater Manchester Homelessness Prevention Strategy

Homelessness Prevention Strategy (PDF, 1.5MB)

The strategy builds on the work already happening in Greater Manchester to end the need for rough sleeping and tackle homelessness – it lays out a long-term vision to reduce the number of people finding themselves at risk of homelessness.

The strategy has been co-produced with people with lived experiences of homelessness, and those who work with them, in order to create a system-wide response that covers the full scope of the change that needs to happen. The strategy takes a person-centred and trauma-informed approach to understanding and responding to issues around homelessness.

The shadow of Covid has influenced the strategy as we come out of the immediate emergency response to the pandemic to protect the health of people who are homeless. The pandemic has shown that where there is a will and financial support, accommodation can be found to end rough sleeping. Now the focus is on ensuring we build on this experience and work jointly with a range of partner organisations to create good homes, good jobs and good health for people who are homeless, as structural inequalities are addressed.

The Homelessness Prevention Strategy sets out five missions that Greater Manchester partner organisations are committed to working towards to prevent homelessness:

  1. Everyone can access and sustain a home that is safe, decent, accessible and affordable
  2. Everyone leaves our places of care with a safe place to go
  3. Everyone can access quality advice, advocacy and support to prevent homelessness
  4. People experiencing homelessness have respite, recovery and re-connection support
  5. Homelessness is never an entrenched or repeat experience

These missions are underpinned by three guiding principles:

  1. Working with People; being truly person-centred, reducing and responding to inequalities and trauma
  2. Building Participation; building inclusive participation so that people can participate in decisions that affect their lives and where lived experience is highly valued
  3. Embedding Prevention; reforming public services to deliver genuinely preventative and person-centred support

The deliverables, commitments and indicators to implement the strategy will be co-produced and will lead to a Greater Manchester Action Plan by October 2021.

The Greater Manchester Homelessness Prevention Strategy has been developed following extensive engagement and partnership working across Greater Manchester, including the 10 local authorities, individuals who have lived experience of homelessness and representatives of the Greater Manchester Homelessness Programme Board, a wide range of partners including: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership; Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector; Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network; Greater Manchester Joint Commissioning Board; Department of Work and Pensions; Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service; Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Housing Providers.