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ANDY BURNHAM: Greater Manchester’s first Homelessness Prevention Strategy launches


Newley re-elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a step-change in the city-region's approach to tackling homelessness and rough sleeping.

Along with representatives from the public and third sectors, Mr Burnham has launched Greater Manchester’s first homelessness prevention strategy. The draft will go out for a period of public consultation and will run until 26 June.

Mayor Andy Burnham is seeking the public’s views for local people to contribute their experiences and insights to support the drive to end homelessness and improve housing for the long-term.

The new drive aims to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by tackling the root causes.

With evictions from private rented accommodation a major driver of homelessness, the Mayor will place a new Good Landlord Charter at the heart of plans to protect renters and prevent unfair evictions across all 10 boroughs of the city-region.

In recognition of the perilous nature of many residents’ housing circumstances, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Leaders will work to deliver 30,000 zero-carbon homes for social rent, with a detailed delivery plan to be published within a year. A new commitment to work to radically improve temporary accommodation standards has also been announced, with a focus on improved experiences for homeless families.

Launched in autumn 2018, A Bed Every Night, the city-region’s ambitious and innovative approach to tackling rough sleeping and supporting people from the streets, still regularly accommodates roughly 520 people every night across Greater Manchester.

Implementation of the Strategy will involve local and regional activity, and working with national Government.

Paul Dennett, GMCA Lead on Housing and Homelessness, believes that homelessness is a consequence of a failing system and that in order to achieve the goals they have set, it’s important that they are able to work with the government.

Feedback from the consultation will feed into the final Strategy that will be approved later in the summer.

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