Working to prevent homelessness

13 Oct 2021 10:56
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GREATER Manchester's political leaders have thrown their support behind the city-region's first ever homelessness prevention strategy.

Building on the work already happening to end the need for rough sleeping and tackle homelessness - it lays out a long-term vision to reduce the numbers 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.

Greater Manchester has already made great strides in the last four years in tackling rough sleeping and homelessness. Across the city-region as a whole rough sleeping has fallen by 57 per cent since 2017.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "We've worked with people who have lived experience of homelessness and professionals, communities, charities and faith groups who work with them to design a long-term and ambitious solution that puts people, participation and prevention first."

He added: "Good homes, jobs and health are key to this strategy which will help us make a further dent in reducing homelessness."

With evictions from private rented accommodation a major driver of homelessness, the mayor has committed to introduce a Good Landlord Scheme to protect renters and prevent unfair evictions across all 10 boroughs of the city-region, including Trafford.

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